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Google Family Link App in India: Here’s how parents can track their child’s smartphone activities


Tech giant Google recently launched the Family Link App in India. The app is designed to help parents remotely control and keep track of their children’s Android device activities and help them set digital ground rules by managing what their kids are up to and what are the other Google accounts, devices and apps they are using. In 2017, the app was made public for the first time in the United States. Google informed that the app is a ‘solution for bringing kids and parents into the Android ecosystem.

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According to Google, the app allows parents to view the weekly and monthly activity reports of their wards. Not just that, the app also helps the parents to limit the device usage by configuring a maximum number of hours that their kids are allowed to spend on the internet, thus allowing the parents to set the devices to be automatically locked out during their child’s bedtime.

Any Android device that is running on Android Nougat 7.0 and higher but only selected Marshmallow devices as of 2017, can be controlled by the ‘Family Link’.

The new online users along with the existing ones need to be aware of all the possible negative experiences that they may incur on the web, said Sunita Mohanty- Director of Trust & Safety at Google. She added, “This makes it important for us to educate users and create awareness on the possible dangers and threats.”

Salient features of the Family Link app:

Guide your kid to good content: With the aid of this app, parents can view their children’s activities and help them make healthy decisions. Parents can also manage the usage of their apps.

Track your kid’s whereabouts: Parents can find where their child’s locations as long as they are carrying their Android devices with them.

Track screentime: With the help of this app, parents can decide the right amount of screen time for their ward and set a time limit. It will also enable them to lock their kid’s devices when its time to go outside and play or have dinner and it is time to spend some offline time with the family.

For more information on the ‘Family Link’ app, parents can visit the Google App store to know more and download the app. It is available on the Android store with the name ‘Google Family Link for parents’ and ‘Google Family Link for children & teens’.

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