Chromebook now has Family Link features. The parental control application before could only be used on Android devices. Now it can be integrated with different devices – cell phone, tablet and Chromebook – through Google accounts. This allows parents to remotely track and control their children’s online activities. For instance, purchases in the Play Store and time spent using an app. The absence of this type of function was one of the biggest reasons for complaining users of the device.
According to Google itself, about 50% of children between the ages of 6 and 12 share or have some kind of laptop. Of course, there is no denying that much of it is growing in a completely connected world. Therefore, ensuring solutions in safety and healthy use of the network is increasingly necessary.
In that sense, on the Chromebook, parents can already set screen time and time at which children should sleep. They can also create a list of allowed sites for access. They can also authorize / block downloads on Google Play and purchases within apps already installed on your computer. Yet, they can hide the latter tools individually. Another important point is that Family Link will also generate reports about the period in which the children remain in some application.
However, anyone who is 13 or older can disable parental control. If this happens, the adults will receive an automatic alert, informing about the change. Perhaps the “flexibility” in this regard is for parents to assess how these teens can use the internet as they grow and gain more responsibility.
The tool is already available for Chromebooks version 65 or higher on Chrome OS. To access it, you will need to download the two versions of Family Link: the one for parents and the other for children. Then just set up Google accounts for family members.
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