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Helping you set digital ground rules

Family Link can help you better understand how your children explore online, 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. Our Family Guide can help provide you with more information on these topics as well as how to spark conversations about technology with your children to more confidently navigate the digital world together.

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Establish boundaries for your family online with Family Link

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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 personalised 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 that 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.

Find apps developed with families in mind

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  • Use Family Link to manage the apps that 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 that you think is appropriate. You can also get a notification on your device that lets you approve or block the apps that 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.

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 – such as the ones that 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).

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Talk about technology with your family

To help you tackle the tough questions, we’ve created a guide to spark thoughtful conversations and identify healthy habits that work for your whole family. You can select different topics - from deciding how and when to give your children a device to identifying ways to use social media meaningfully and responsibly.

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