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My darling daughter turned 11 this winter and her android tablet is one of her favorite things. Frankly I wish she would be a little less interested in it, but she’s a good kid and I want her to have some time on it to play her favorite apps and read ebooks. I just don’t want her to be on it ALL the time. Plus I want to know what apps she is using. Where do I find a balance? That’s where Family Link from Google comes in to help me make her online world safer. The purpose of Family Link from Google is to set digital ground rules to help guide children and teens as they learn, play, and explore online. We can’t assume that kids automatically know this and if you remember last October I worked with Google on their Be Internet Awesome Campaign. My kids loved the online games they played (and didn’t realize that it was teaching them how to be safer online and what to look out for). Family Link from Google Helps Teach Kids Good Digital Habits
How do you get started? First I downloaded Google Family Link for Parents (which you can find right in the IOS app store). Family Link from Google Helps Teach Kids Good Digital Habits
Then I downloaded Google Family Link App for Children and Teens from the Google Play store on my daughter’s Samsung Tablet.
I followed the directions and installed it on both devices. This did take me a little while before I was able to get it set up.
Once I had it set up, on my device, I set the time I wanted my daughter to be able to use her tablet.
Then I set up the bedtime settings (which I just mentioned above). While I am pretty sure my daughter wouldn’t be on her tablet at night, this means her device locks if she tries to go on past 9PM at night (recently we had a big problem with my 13 year old sneaking onto his device at night). If your child has a device that makes phone calls (my daughter’s tablet does not), your child can still call you, even if their device is locked. Family Link from Google Helps Teach Kids Good Digital Habits
Cool tip: If your child misplaces their device, you can use Family Link for Parents on your device to make a sound and find it.
If your child goes into the Family Link on their devices, they can see how long they’ve been on their device for that day, yesterday, the past 7 days, and 30 days.
Features on Family Link from Google:
Manage the Content Kids See:
-Parents can remotely approve or decline apps their kids want to download from the Google Play Store. –You can also hide apps on the device so kids may be more productive and do schoolwork or read ebooks instead of playing their favorite puppy game.
-No surprises on in-app purchases from apps- Family Link lets you approve purchases your kids want to make in their favorite apps.
– Activity reports – Family Link shows you app activity reports so you can keep an eye on what they are using on their device
– Inappropriate content – you can block specific sites, only allow a curated set of sites, and apply filters that attempt to block mature content in your Family Link settings.
Manage Tablet Time:
-Family Link allows parents to set a daily limit for every day of the week, so once they use up that time their device gets locked.
– Bedtime! Family Link lets you set a device bedtime for your child and you can customize by day (so you can let them play on their devices later on the weekends).
-Device locking! This is something I actually haven’t tried yet – Family Link lets you remotely lock your kid’s device anytime, and if you have a Google Home, you can even make Google do it — just say “Hey Google, lock Allegra’s device.”
Locate Your Child:
– While we don’t let our child take her tablet outside of our home, Family Link will let you see where your child is, as long as they have their device on and with them.
But remember this — none of the tools in Family Link are meant to replace a conversation about digital habits. You need to discuss with your kids about why there needs to be limits how long they are online and what apps they can access. Family Link from Google Helps Teach Kids Good Digital Habits
For more info: g.co/FamilyLink
Read our Be Internet Awesome Intro post https://www.themamamaven.com/teaching-kids-to-make-good-decisions-online-and-be-internet-awesome/