Google Launches Family Link, Internet Safety App For Parents And Kids

The only caveat here is that Family Link is now invite-only so you can request one here and during setup, it also asks users to pay $0.30 for the service.

A cynic might suggest that this is just another way for Google to start collating data on younger and younger users.

How do you view Google's new Family Link app?

Family Link is an app that allows you to have a joint Google account with your kid. This account works much like the parent's account on compatible devices, but it provides parental control oversight so that you can do things like "set certain digital ground rules that work for your family - like managing the apps your kid can use, keeping an eye on screen time, and setting a bedtime on your kid's device".

All of these options are aimed at allowing parents to control and manage their kids' Google accounts as long as they're under 13. To use the app, you and your kid will need Android 7.0 devices. Family Link is ready to help with that.

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Google has announced a new initiative that encourages parents to give their kids a taste of what Android has to offer - albeit with full supervision.

Think of Family Link like parental controls plus monitoring.

You can also set a new unlock code if your kid forgets theirs in order to make sure they can be connected whenever they want, unless you don't want them to.

Kids can use the app to play games and watch movies. Of course there is also an "all" category as the very first tab which is what you would see first upon opening the Google app with this new UI and tapping on the search bar.

Social media sites like Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram all require users to be at least 13 years old to sign up thanks to legal constraints associated with making such services kid-friendly. This system tracks apps weekly and monthly in reports sent to the parent.