Family Link Stories June 16

Google’s ‘Be Internet Awesome’ program adds new evidence-based curriculum

Google launched a program to help teach kids about online safety four years ago. The latest update to the Be Internet Awesome curriculum today adds 11 new lessons following an outside evaluation.

Family Link Stories March 16

With screen usage increasing in the past year due to distance learning and the need for alternative entertainment, Google is updating Family Link with more tools that tell parents “how kids use devices.”

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Family Link Stories October 28, 2019

We’re now just over three weeks away from the official launch of Stadia, Google’s game-streaming service that will allow playing games in up to 4K on a device as low-powered as even a Chromecast Ultra. In preparation for the launch, Google Family Link has updated its app to be ready to handle parents/guardians approving and purchasing Stadia games for their children.

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Family Link Stories September 18, 2019

Family Link gets app limits and ‘bonus time’ for kids

With Android 10, Google’s parental tools for managing children’s devices were integrated right into the Settings app on every phone. Family Link is now adding app-specific time limits and the ability to grant bonus screen time.

Family Link Stories July 17, 2019

Google has slowly been improving its Digital Wellbeing initiative by adding new features and rolling it out to non-Pixel devices. The latest improvement, seen in the beta version of the app, connects Digital Wellbeing to Family Link parental controls.

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Family Link Stories July 1, 2019

Chrome OS Settings adds Bluetooth battery levels, ‘Family Link’ parental controls

As Chrome OS continues to mature, it’s adding features and tweaks that make it a better platform for everyone. Now, Google is adding two new features to the Chrome OS settings menu with Bluetooth battery indicators and better parental controls.

Family Link Stories May 23, 2019

Family Link 1.38 preps parental controls for Google Stadia [APK Insight]

When Google first took the wraps off of Stadia during GDC, they promised that the service would have “best-in-class parental controls.” At the time, though, no further details were offered on how this would work. The latest update to Google’s Family Link app, which lets parents manage their children’s Google Accounts, gives us our first clues to how Stadia’s parental controls will work, and other potential Stadia insights.

Family Link Stories December 13, 2018

Before Digital Wellbeing this year, Google was already investing in time management tools for devices used by kids. After adding Chromebook support in September, Family Link is getting more Chrome OS features like screen time limits to lock Chromebooks and customize Android app access.

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Family Link Stories November 29, 2018

Recently, Google updated their Family Link program with Chromebook support, to help families supervise Chromebook usage. However, this initial Chrome OS version of Family Link did not allow child accounts to use the (initially Pixelbook exclusive) Google Assistant features. This will soon be changing according to a newly discovered code change.

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Family Link Stories September 18, 2018

Google makes it pretty easy to manage what your family does on Android thanks to its Family Link application. Now, that app is getting some upgrades with Chromebook support and a wider age range…

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Family Link Stories June 5, 2018

Even before the upcoming suite of Digital Wellbeing features announced at I/O 2018, Google has allowed parents to create and manage young children’s Google Accounts through Family Link. The family focused tools now support Project Fi to manage a child’s phone service.

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Family Link Stories May 7, 2018

The overwhelming theme of last year’s Google I/O keynote was machine learning. While Sundar Pichai and company will continue to tout AI advancements this year, the company is also focusing on “responsibility,” with Android adding new time management controls.

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Family Link Stories April 18, 2018

Earlier this year, Google killed off the Supervised User platform for Chrome and Chrome OS which allowed parents to monitor their kids’ computer usage. At the time, Google said it had a replacement in the pipeline but never expanded on what that was or when it would roll out. Now, without any formal announcement, it appears that Family Link accounts now work on Chromebooks.

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Family Link Stories September 28, 2017

Google’s Family Link service for managing kids’ Android devices now open to all US parents

Back in March, Google launched Family Link in an early access program to help parents manage their children’s Android devices through app and usage controls. Family Link is now available for all parents in the US without the need for an invite.

Family Link Stories March 15, 2017

Update, Apr 14, 2017: Now available for iPhone too.

Following apps like YouTube Kids, Google is working on providing a more child friendly experience for Android. Launching as invite only, Family Link allows parents to control what apps children can use on managed devices, as well as set screen limits and usage locks.

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