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I grew up in a totally different world than the kids these days. We didn’t have a computer and a cell phone was unheard of. Apps were not thought of and social media was worlds away. It took me a little while to adapt to today’s technology trends when it came to my kids. It was a long time before I finally decided that having a computer was an asset and not a monster like I viewed it to be. And then I slowly came around to cell phones as well. That pretty much opened up a whole new world for me. Especially when companies started making cameras in cell phones. From there I started playing games on apps and that’s when I realized that apps could help teach the kids while they play. I first bought them Kindles, then iPads and now they have their own cell phones.
I’ve progressed as a parent but I still feel overwhelmed at times and I continue to have online concerns but the Family Link app from Google is helping me address those concerns and I’m beginning to relax some as a parent. Some of my favorite features that I’m able to control are:
- I can create a family group.
- I’m able to guide them to good content.
- I can now manage the apps they’re allowed to use.
- I now have access to teacher-approved apps.
- If need be, I can lock their device.
- I can see where the kids are as long as they have their device with them.
- I can set screen time limits.
Whether your children are younger or in their teens, the Family Link app from Google lets you set digital ground rules to help guide them as they learn, play, and explore online. If you’re worried they will run up a bill with in-app purchases, put your mind at ease because Family Link lets you approve purchases your kids want to make in their favorite apps.
I want to know that my kids are safer online but I love that they have so many things at their fingertips that I didn’t have as a child. I think it’s important to stay up to date on the world that’s changing on a daily basis. Technology is the future. I believe it will help them with school, college, and even in their career choices. At the same time, I want to manage how much time they are spending online. See how Family Link is able to help me do that below.
- Are your kids spending too much time on their device day after day? Family Link allows you to set a daily limit for each day of the week, so once that time is up, the device is locked and they can only make calls if they need to.
- Little blurry eyes in the morning from staying up late messaging friends? Family Link lets you set a device bedtime, so when it’s time to get some sleep, they aren’t distracted by their device.
- When all else fails: lock their device. Family Link lets you remotely lock your kid’s device anytime, and if you have a Google Home, you can even make Google do it — just say “Hey Google, lock Robin’s device.”
Family Link from Google doesn’t just help me address the kids online life, it’s helping me offline as well. Now that I have one that’s driving, I want to know where he is at all times. I’m just that kind of parent. I’m still trying to come to terms with the fact that he is 16 and driving on his own. However, allowing him to drive to school has helped me free up some time that was stretched beyond my limit at times. He takes his sister to school as well, and my mornings are now free to focus on work, home and I’ve even started some gardening again. I keep my phone with me at all times and I feel at peace when I can look on it to see that all the kids are where they are supposed to be. As long as the kids have their devices with them and believe me, they wouldn’t leave home without them, I’m able to see where everyone is at any given time.
Family Link is celebrating their 2nd Birthday and wants to invite you to download their app to help make your life as a parent easier. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can set everything up online. It even works on a Chromebook so you can keep tabs on your child when they’re exploring online. I took the steps needed to make my family safer and you should too.
When you click on the link, just follow the easy directions to set your family group account up. You can help your kids thru the process but honestly, all they need to do is click on the google link in their email and follow the directions. That’s all there is to it.
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