Google has launched an app to help parents set boundaries, rules, and guidelines for their children when online. Today they launched Family Link in Ireland following a successful launch in the US earlier this year.
Not knowing what their children are getting up to on the internet is a common cause of worry and concern for parents. In a survey we conducted this year, 95 per cent of our readers said that they’re concerned about online safety.
Now, it look’s like Google has the answer (yet again!).
The Family Link app helps parents stay in the loop while their child explores and enjoys the benefits of the internet on their Android device or iPhone.
The app connects your Android or iPhone to your kid’s Android phone or tablet, to help parents establish and tailor certain digital ground rules that work for their family, such as:
- Manage the apps their child can use
- Approve or block the apps the child wants to download from the Google Play Store
- Keep an eye on screen time
- See how much time their child spends on their favourite apps with weekly or monthly activity reports, and set daily screen time limits for their device
- Set device bedtime
- See their child’s location
- Manage certain settings in Google and Android
- Remotely lock their child’s device when it’s time to play, study, or sleep.
But how does it work?
First, your child will need a device that runs at least Android Nougat (7.0) or iPhone iOS 9. Then, download Family Link onto your own device and create a Google Account for your child through the Family Link app.
Commenting on the launch, Fionnuala Meehan, Head of Google Ireland, said; “Our goal with Family Link is to help parents and children explore technology and the digital world together while making it easier for them to discover, create and share as a family.”