Updated: Mar 21
Most computer systems offer easy to follow steps on setting up parental controls, which are free to use.
Whether your child has access to an Android or Apple smartphone, or tablet, parental controls are available across all of these devices. In this part we start with Google solution.
The first useful control apps for Google users is Family Link app. With this Google account, children have access to the following Google products: Google search, Chrome, Gmail, Google Play
Family Link app
Family Link is a mobile app which lets you create a specific Google Account for your child. This account is a lot like your own account; only it lets you set ground rules; such as dictating which apps your child can use and for how long.
With this app you can:
· View their activity
· Manage their apps
· Show you the app that is recommended by teachers.
· Set limits for their screen time.
· Lock their devices
· Block or allow certain apps or websites
· And see where they are
· Setting up supervision may take about 10 minutes
To download; go to Google Play or app store and download “Google Family Link for parents”. Family Link’s tools vary depending on your child’s device. See a list of compatible devices at families.google.com/familylink/setup
Remember To see the location of your child or teen’s device, it must be powered on, recently active, and connected to the internet.
How it works
With this app you can manage some Google services on their android devices as well as letting child to sign in on other devices. Devices with Android 5.1 and higher are supporting this app and if the device is running Android 5.0 or lower, your child will not be able to sign in. Also devices with Android 6.0 or lower, need setting up differently.
For starting with Family link and having a child account, your child should be under 13 (It could be different based on countries).
Its setting is different in new Android devices and the devices that are already set up. In new devices there is not any specific setting and you can sign in by your child’s Google account and following the instruction. But in devices that are already set up, first of all you have to do a Factory reset on it if that device is running Android 6 or below > Open the device’s setting app> users & account > Add account > Sign in with your child user and password> Follow other instruction on the screen.
Sign in on other device by Family link app
It is appropriate for your child to sign in to other devices with parental permission. Which devices they can sign in?
· iPhone or iPads
· Google websites
· Google Home
The fact is that in some devices such as iPhones and iPads and in computers except Chromebooks, your child may get permission to sign in by you but most Family Link supervision tools will not work. These settings will not work on their iPhone or iPad devices:
· Screen time limit
· Device location
· App activity
· Blocking apps and app permissions
· Google Chrome website and permission restriction
If you decide Family Link app is not the best solution for you since you have iPhone or iPads, follow these topics to find out more solution or contact with us to book for a consulting session in this regard.
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