Google launches “Refreshed” Family Link app with web version for adults and children / Digital Information World
Google has rolled out a new experience which is a revamped version of its Family Link. The launch included three different tabs designed for highlights, location, and controls. There is also a separate panel for notifications.
The search engine giant said it also launches a new Family Link app as a desktop version that both kids and parents can benefit from.
We first saw the rollout of this app in 2017 and that’s when it allowed parents to control and restrict their children’s screen time and the amount of app they were using. ‘they used. Similarly, we’ve seen it lock kids when parents felt it was necessary on devices seen on both Chrome and Android.
There’s even an option called “bedtime” that helps ensure kids sleep on time and avoid crossing set time limits for their own good. Last year, the app also came with learning features like “always allowed” that ensured they would also benefit educationally during the pandemic.
The revamped version has a new interface that features a design with three tabs on the front. This is where you can find the limits set for children and the options to change them as well. Next, you’ll find another highlights tab that displays a summary of the kid’s device, including usage time.
This application was recently installed and is considered extremely popular for obvious reasons. The location feature allows parents to keep an eye on where their children are currently present. All alerts can be found in the central panel which gives an overview of what is happening in terms of updates.
Google recently released a blog that explains why it has relaunched a new version of the app. They say the redesigned enterprise will bring out the most-used tools so parents can benefit from their favorite features. This includes great options like timeouts to reduce screen time, blocking apps and also removing them.
Another cool feature called “today limit” is designed to allow parents to set various screen time limits in a way that doesn’t affect their own schedules. This is a super useful feature in terms of holidays and tutors where you can also reward kids with extra time on the platform.
Users will now see a single screen showing location for all children. Likewise, it will provide a battery level view on the device with options to call them as well.
The company says it’s also working on another feature that notifies parents when children arrive at a particular destination like school, giving them confidence that they’re safe and sound in today’s unpredictable times.
In July this year, we saw Google Maps launch a new tab for notifications that involved arriving and departing from various pinned locations. So it could be something similar seen on this app too.
Then there was a discussion about how the app will soon feature resources that will help kids understand more about online safety through question and answer sessions. It would make them more aware of threats and how they can be safe.
The web version of this app is also launched for adults and kids so that parents can access the control and commands section. This way, they will be able to better assess the scenario using the iOS 16 tools and see what restrictions are in place on the mobile device apps.
News of all these changes comes just days after Apple released its Quick Start. This would remove screen time restrictions for children in a few small steps.
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