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Try Google’s Family Link parental controls app. Whether your child is a toddler or a teenager, you can use the Family Link app to set digital ground rules on their device to help them learn, play and explore online. For children under the age of 13 (or the minimum age of consent in your country), you can also use Family Link to create a Google Account for your child, which is similar to yours and provides access to most Google services.

With Family Link parental controls, you can:

Guide them to good content

• View your app activity – not all screen time is the same. Help your child make healthy choices about what they do on their Android device with activity reports that show how much time they spend on their favorite apps. You can view daily, weekly or monthly reports.
• Manage Apps – Convenient notifications allow you to approve or block apps your kids want to download from the Google Play Store. You can also manage in-app purchases remotely from your own device and hide specific apps on their device.
• Pique their curiosity – It can be difficult to determine which apps are right for your child, so Family Link shows you teacher-recommended Android apps you can add directly to their device.

track screen time

• Set limits – it’s up to you to set the correct screen time for your child. Family Link helps them find the right balance by letting you set time limits and bedtimes for their monitored devices.
• Lock your device – Whether playing outdoors, eating or just hanging out, you can remotely lock supervised devices when you need a break.

see where they are

• It helps if you can find your child on the go. As long as they have their Android device with you, you can use Family Link to find them.

Important information

• Family Link tools vary based on your child’s device. For a list of compatible devices, see family.google.com/familylink/setup
• While Family Link helps you manage your child’s purchases and downloads on Google Play, it doesn’t require approval to send app updates (including those with extended permissions), apps you’ve previously approved, or apps installed in your family library . Parents should regularly check their child’s installed apps and app permissions in Family Link.
• You should carefully review the applications on your child’s supervised device and disable applications you do not want to use. Note that you may not be able to disable some pre-installed applications.
• To see the location of your child’s or teen’s device, it must be turned on, recently activated, and connected to the Internet.
• Teacher-recommended apps are only available on Android devices in the US and are intended for parents of children of a certain age.
• While Family Link provides tools to manage your child’s online experience, it does not ensure internet safety. Instead, it’s designed to give parents choices about how their children use the internet, and to spark conversations about internet usage.

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