Google is planning to roll out a Parental Control App that helps parents control all kid’s activities in their Android devices. Termed as ‘Family Link’, this app provides two-party system, not just for controlling, but setting up kid’s Google account. The app, when launched, will be compatible with Android 4.4 version onwards.
How does it work?
Family Link behaves like a standalone app for parental control in their main device. Once installed, parents can set up a new account for kids (aged below 13) in the app. With this account credentials, parents can install the Family Link in children's devices and login.
Family Link - Features
Major features of this app includes, tracking of app usage, scheduling app usage for a particular time (say 1 hour), setting bed time where device will automatically turn off. Whenever, the kid wants to install a new app, it cannot be done without parent’s additional permission on the main (parent’s) device.
Another noteworthy feature is the ability to add filters in Google apps like Google Search or Chrome browser which can prevent kids from viewing inappropriate content.
App usage can be checked in weekly and monthly reports. Based on the reports, parents can block a particular app usage say, an addictive game app. Parents can also restrict a particular app usage.
Family Link is an app that has been much awaited for parents and kids who use Android devices. The app is currently under testing, but its main stream launch is imminent.
While Apple had been upfront in providing many parental controls and kids mode in its devices like iPad, Google has not provided a generic app. Nevertheless, we can expect the upcoming Family Link to be a sigh of relief for parents whose kids use Android devices.