Being a parent was never an easy proposition, but in today’s day and age, with mobile devices everywhere the challenge seems all the more difficult.
Enter Google with its newest app, Family Link, an app that attempts to make the job of parenting easier, especially as it relates to managing how much time one’s children spend staring at computer screens. Essentially, the app allows parents to create special child-safe Google accounts.
In turn, this allows parents to manage what apps their children can download from the Google Play Store, track how much time their kids are spending with a particular app, as well as remotely lock a device when it’s time for their child to do something else.
Unfortunately, Canadian families will have to wait to try the app (much to the relief of rebellious teens across the country).
Family Link is currently in early access, with Google testing the app with the aid of a small subsection U.S.-based users. Only families with children under the age of 13 can enroll to help Google work out any bugs and additional functionality.
Moreover, Family Link is currently only compatible with Android devices running 7.0 and above, as well as a small selection of 6.1-based devices. Based on the app’s FAQ, however, it appears Google plans to release an iOS version of Family Link sometime in the future.