Google now lets parents take control of teenagers' devices

Joanna Estrada
September 19, 2018

Family Link, Google's set of parental management tools for their children's Android accounts, has received positive feedback since its USA launch in September 2017, leaving parents in unsupported countries eagerly awaiting the service.

First launched past year in the United States, Google's Family Link parental control app is now available here. When a kid turned 13, supervision was disabled and we heard over and over again that this is really when parents ~needed~ supervision. In an announcement on Google's official blog, the company said parents would soon be able to allow or block apps, lock devices, and limit the screen time of their teen's Android phone, and much more.

A new Android app from Google just hit the Google Play Store: Google Hire, which is associated with Google's Hire feature within the G Suite. The catch is that doing this will lock them out of their phones for 24 hours and send a notification to their parents. "Over the coming days, we'll make Family Link available to more families, on more devices, and in almost every country in the world", said Golgher.

Unlike what's there for kids, the new "Family Link" features for teens won't let parents change the passwords of their devices or change the device itself.

Search giant Google is pulling the plug on its Inbox app. "The need for supervision doesn't end with mobile devices".

In addition to the geographic expansion, Google announced today that Family Link is shifting its focus to include teens that have control of their own accounts (the applicable age depends on the country).

If you're interested in checking it out, find the Family Link app at the Google Play Store. The biggest difference with the Family Link apps for teens is that both account holders must consent before parents can start monitoring their kids' phones. "Soon, parents will also be able to set screen time limits and manage the apps their child can use on Chromebooks", Golgher added.

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