Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Google Family Link adds much-needed teen Android management

Google Family Link adds much-needed teen Android management Google Family Link adds much-needed teen Android management
Sherri Watson | 21 September, 2018, 16:46

This application allows guardians to supervise their child's and adolescent's existing Google Accounts by tracking their child's activity, setting limits on screen time, approving or disapproving apps, and even locking the device when it's study time.

Released about a year and a half ago as an alternative to services like Amazon FreeTime, Google's Family Link app has already managed to amass over one million (free) Play Store downloads, despite taking more than 12 months to expand from the USA to a number of European markets.

The difference is you'll need to tread carefully when dealing with a teenager (so true for all aspects of life), as their permission is required for Family Link supervision.

As is the case with Family Link for kids, parents can use Google's software to manage how-and how much-their kids use their phones as well as track their location.

Google also announced today that Family Link is shifting its focus to include teens that have control of their accounts. When a kid turned 13, supervision was disabled and we heard over and over again that this is really when parents ~needed~ supervision. "Ultimately", Google writes, "it's up to each individual family to have a conversation and decide what's right for them". The app which was available in the USA until now has been launched today globally in countries including India.

We've shown you how manage your child's Android phone with Google Family Link.

Google says the functionality that allows parents to monitor their teen's account will go live sometime this week. Google have also remarked that they will be bringing screen time limits and app management for Chromebooks "soon".

All in all, it's about time the service expanded to more countries, but the teenage supervision controls will no doubt prove a bit more controversial.