You can now monitor your teenager’s phone with Google Family Link

Sarah Tew  CNET

Sarah Tew CNET

According to a Google blog post on Tuesday, Family Link, a free app created to allow parents to set digital rules for their child's online experience, has been adapted for teens. You can also use these features to track the location of your child's device and set allowed screen time. The service has received positive feedback since it was launched in the USA a year ago. It's required for a parent to gain access to a teen's Google Account, and it can be revoked at any time.

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. The listing talks about the service and is developed by Google LLC.

Overwhelming feedback received from parents that the Family Link app is useful for kids in their teen years as well Google have chose to extend the functionality to teens as well. Initiatives such as Family Link are essential in shielding young kids from the horrors of the open internet.

Google Assistant can recognize up to six different voices, and if it hears a child that it recognises asking questions, it will provide kid-friendly responses.

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The aim here is to not control how children above the age of 13 spend their time on smart devices but just to keep a check, preventing them from excessive usage.

The new features are now available on all Android phones, and will be coming to Chromebooks soon. They can however, simply ask Google Assistant to lock the devices.

All of these features are available today and most will be available globally to nearly every country in the world.

The app, which links to Google accounts, allows parents to monitor their children's activities. While the kids need to have devices running Android 7.0 Nougat and higher, some devices with Android 5.0 or 6.0 could also work.

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