Helping you set digital ground rules
Family Link can help you better understand how your children explore online, as well as help manage their accounts and compatible devices. You can set boundaries that work for your family by managing apps, keeping an eye on screen time, setting a bedtime for your child‘s device, and more. If you'd like assistance thinking through these topics, our Family Guide helps spark conversations about technology with your children so you and your family can more confidently navigate the digital world together.
Establish boundaries for your family online with Family Link
Keep an eye on screen time
You decide what’s the right amount of screen time for your child. It can depend on whether they’re using their device to read a book, watch videos, or play games. You can use Family Link’s app activity reports to see which apps your child is using most.
Limit daily access
Set a daily limit – Family Link allows you to set daily screen time limits on your child’s Android device and set a bedtime to lock their device when it’s time to go to bed.
Remotely lock your child’s device
Manage their devices or hide specific apps whenever it’s time to play, study, or sleep.
Manage access to what your children can discover online
Use your child’s account settings on Google Assistant
Children can log in to Assistant-enabled devices with their own account, managed with Family Link. They get their own personalized Assistant experience and can access games, activities, and stories designed for families. Children are blocked from making transactions, and parents can decide whether their children have access to third-party experiences on the Assistant.
Manage your child’s access to websites with Chrome
You can manage your child’s access to websites when they are using the Chrome browser on their Android or ChromeOS device. You can choose to limit your child to only the websites you are comfortable with or block specific sites that you don’t want them to visit.
Block explicit sites on Google Search with SafeSearch filters
As part of Family Link, you can use the SafeSearch setting across phones, tablets, and laptops. This setting is designed to block explicit images, videos, and websites from Google Search results to avoid pornography and graphic violence, although it is not 100% accurate. The SafeSearch setting is on by default for signed-in users under 13 (or applicable age in your country), who have accounts managed by Family Link, but parents can choose to turn it off.
Guide kids to good content
Use Family Link to manage the apps your child can use
Not all apps are right for all children. With Family Link, you can filter apps in the Google Play Store to allow your child to browse only apps with a rating you think is appropriate. You can also get a notification on your device that lets you approve or block the apps your child wants to download from the Google Play Store.
To help you decide which pieces of content or entertainment might be right for your child, look for the family star badge on Google Play. The family star signifies that they have been through more careful reviews and have been developed with families in mind. You can also review its content ratings, permissions, and whether it contains ads or in-app purchases.
We also want to help parents manage the quality of screen time, not just the quantity of screen time. That’s why we have built-in features within Family Link that help you discover nutritious content, with recommendations from actual teachers so your children can enjoy quality content you feel good about.
Using account settings to choose what’s right for your child
Managing and securing your child’s account
With Family Link, your child’s Activity Controls – like the ones you have – let you decide what activity gets saved and who manages your child’s Google Account when they use our services.
As a parent, you can help change or reset your child’s password if they forget it. You can also edit your child’s personal information or even delete their account if you feel it’s necessary. They can’t add another profile to their account or device without your permission. Finally, you can check to see the location of their Android device (as long as it’s on, connected to the Internet, and recently active).