According to the latest studies, the age children and young people become involved with technology is becoming increasingly lower. The use of mobile phones and tablets at certain ages can be very beneficial for learning or develop certain skills in children, but it can also have its “dark side”, requiring parental control to limit access to certain content.
To do this, Google has developed “Family Link ” a mobile parental control application with which parents can control almost any aspect of the use of mobile devices made by their children, from adding content filters to a setting a usage time or controlling what content they are exposed to.
Google Family Link is mainly divided into two applications or two different installations. An app that parents or guardians must download on their mobile, and the version of the application that will have to be installed on the mobile that we want to have monitored.
To do this we will have to configure the App on the devices through a Google account, associating it as administrators on both the control device and the mobile device that we are going to control.
Once we have completed this step, Google Family Link will allow us to configure different levels of control. Among its options, we can limit the use of certain applications or the activity carried out in them; check the location of the device to know where it is at all times; monitor the use of mobile applications or limit their usage time to certain times; or even knowing at any time when the mobile is unlocked by the child.
We will also know if a new application is going to be installed on the mobile, since we will receive a message to approve or reject its installation, and as a last control measure we can even block our children’s mobile at any time.
While Google Family Link is primarily oriented as a parental control tool, the application also has other options for the whole family, such as the possibility of creating family photo albums, or a list of recommendations with teaching applications recommended by teachers.