Here’s good news for parents of kids 12 and under. Google has created a way for young children to have their very own parent-controlled accounts. The new Family Link program offers a safer online experience that gives kids both freedom and safety.
According to Influence Central’s 2016 Digital Trends Study, kids are getting their first smartphones at an average age of 10.3-years-old. 64% have online access with their own laptops or tablets. And tablets are replacing tic-tac-toe and DVDs to make up 55% of family road trip entertainment.
Parents can now moderate their kids’ activities and information-sharing online by requesting an invite to the Family Link early access program. Once approved, they can create an account for each child and start using the free app.
A parent and one other adult can use the app on almost any android cellphone or tablet. Family Link allows a full range of control. At the same time, it encourages parents and kids to talk about online choices.