Google now lets parents take control of teenagers' devices

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According to The Verge, the Family link is available only for Android users and for anyone with an existing Google account.

Family Link, Google's set of parental management tools for their children's Android accounts, has received positive feedback since its US launch in September 2017, leaving parents in unsupported countries eagerly awaiting the service. Teens can still access the smart device once it has been locked by parents but it will send an alert to them.

As is the case with Family Link for kids, parents can use Google's software to manage how-and how much-their kids use their phones as well as track their location. The service has received positive feedback since it was launched in the United States previous year. At that time, the service was nothing more than a website but it looks like the search giant is bringing a new app as well. The listing talks about the service and is developed by Google LLC.

Another change allows parents and teens to agree to continue using Family Link after the child turns 13.

A study published last year by think-tank DQ Institute and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) found that 12-year-olds in Singapore spent over 6½ hours daily before a screen, with 70 per cent of them owning a mobile device. The service is expected to be available in almost every country globally, except for a handful. Thankfully for them (or at least, most of them), the wait is soon to be over, now that Google has announced it will roll Family Link out to "nearly every country in the world" over the coming days.

Search giant Google is pulling the plug on its Inbox app. But Google says parents will soon be able to monitor their teenagers using the app, though it did not announce a specific date.

The aim here is to not control how children above the age of 13 spend their time on smart devices but just to keep a check, preventing them from excessive usage.

If you're interested in checking it out, find the Family Link app at the Google Play Store.

Because parents around the globe need a simple, intuitive way to keep tabs on their children's digital lives and experiences, Family Link is expanding further "over the coming days", reaching "more families, on more devices, and in almost every country in the world".

Meanwhile, Google also revealed that full Family Link support for teens and children will arrive to Chromebooks in the near future, and support for Google Assistant from next week ("Hey Google, hurry up and lock my kid's phone, would ya?").

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