In the beginning of this year, the search giant company Google rolled out Family Link controls for parents to manage children’s usage of Android devices but it needed an invitation for access. Now, the app is available in the US without any requirement for an invitation, with three basic groups of controls ready for use.
Manage the apps your kid can use: You can approve or block the apps your child wants to download from the Google Play Store.
Keep an eye on screen time: Observe how much time your child spends on their favourite apps with weekly or monthly activity reports, and set daily screen time limits for their usage.
Set device bedtime: Remotely lock your child’s device when it’s time to play, study, or sleep.
The Family Link app is simple and easy to use, and possible from any current Android device running 4.4 or later, or on iOS as long as you have version 9 or later. The list of hardware for children that can be managed is slightly more limited, however, it will work on devices running Android 7.0 or later, as well as a short list of hardware on 6.0 (Marshmallow). When you set up a child’s device and show that they are under the age of 13 (there is a 30 cent charge which Google says is there to prove an adult’s consent), Family Link will automatically be installed and walk you through the setup procedure.