But Google says parents will soon be able to monitor their teenagers using the app, though it did not announce a specific date.
This application allows guardians to supervise their child's and adolescent's existing Google Accounts by tracking their child's activity, setting limits on screen time, approving or disapproving apps, and even locking the device when it's study time.
A new Android app from Google just hit the Google Play Store: Google Hire, which is associated with Google's Hire feature within the G Suite. The feature allowed parents to set up an account for a child under 13, giving parents control over how their kids can use the phone. While Google claims teens can opt out of the service, doing so locks the phone down for 24 hours and notifies the parents. Also, both parties (parent and child) must agree to the supervision before the action can be undertaken. Family Link was previously limited to children under 13 years old, but now parents can remotely manage the phones of older children. Ultimately, it's up to each individual family to have a conversation and decide what's right for them.
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Finally, Google will ensure Chromebook support, allowing parents to manage websites, apps usage.
The move comes not very long after Google brought the total of countries with access to Family Link to 37 countries earlier this year.
All in all, it's about time the service expanded to more countries, but the teenage supervision controls will no doubt prove a bit more controversial. Give me your thoughts on this one in the comments, I'm keen to hear what you think!