Written by Ashwin Dewan and published on 17 July 2021.
If your child has easy access to the Internet through smartphones and computers exposing him to inappropriate content, and you're wondering what to do about it, Google comes to your rescue!
In this age of digital parenting, parents are justified in worrying about their kids' activities on the phone or the screen. The devices that we have access to open before us a great deal of information which may not always be kid-friendly.
Exposure to inappropriate content can have far-reaching consequences on the child's behaviour which include:
Young children are often unaware of these dangers. So, it is important for parents to be aware of the dangers their kids are exposed to online. Here are a few tips to help you keep your child safe.
To prevent this alarming situation, many companies across the world are doing their bit to manage children's screen time. Several guidelines and parental control apps have been developed to help parents keep a watch over their children's online activity. According to an article published in USA TODAY, Google has joined the bandwagon by launching their Family Link service. This is an application for Android devices that gives parents more control over the Android devices and apps their kids use.
NOTE: Parents must have a Google account apart from an Android device. Similarly, the children of parents using Family Link must also use an Android device. Currently, Family Link is only available to users in the US.
Here is how the Family Link service by Google works:
Parents need to download the Family Link on their device first.
NOTE: The app does not give parents the power to block certain people.
The Family Link service is a good way to manage your kid's screen time but parents should remember that technology is no substitute for good parenting!
To read more about the right age to introduce gadgets to your children, check out this article.
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