Monitoring Your Child’s Android Phone Using Google Family Link – What You Need To Know

 Google Family Link parental control app for Android- mom review
Monitoring my kids phone usage, especially online habits and apps accessed, was a big deal for me when I gave them phones earlier this year. We have Android devices, so I decided on Google Family Link. We’re a few months in now, and here are the top five reasons I love it!

I can set limits on screen time. Each child has a certain amount of time allocated each day for use, outside of calls. With preset limits I don’t have to worry about them spending hours on Youtube or any other online sites. I also set bedtime hours. During bedtime hours the device locks, and only calls can be made.
Using Google Family Link for kids Android smartphones

 I can see which apps they access and for how long. But not only can I see the apps, I have to approve any new apps. I absolutely LOVE this!

I can track their location. This comes in handy when the school bus is late.
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There are Google Search filters. Okay, nothing is 100%, but knowing that Google is at least trying to filter sexually explicit and violent content makes me feel better. I can restrict content in Google Play by ratings, too.
Using Google Family Link to monitor kids smartphone usage

It encourages my kids to self-censor. This is a biggie. They know that I can do all of these things. They also know that having access to their phone is contingent upon them making good, responsible decisions.

BONUS ADVICE:
Let me add, Google Family Link is great, but it does not take the place of other things. For instance, I randomly take their phones and do a search to make sure I don’t see anything questionable. I review web history, who they are texting, their contact list and more.
I also went through this internet agreement, courtesy of The Smart Talk. It’s a GREAT GUIDE to facilitate conversation and will help your child understand exactly what is expected.
Plus, my children are instructed to not answer any calls from numbers I have not approved.
So far, so good.

 

I hope this helps you and provides a little peace of mind, Towanda