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Google's parental control software Family Link hits iOS

Google's parental control software Family Link hits iOS
From TechCrunch - April 14, 2017

In March, Google introduced its own parental control software for parents of kids with Android devices called Family Linkbut there was a bit of a catch. In order for the system to work, it required that both parent and child use Android. That has now changed, as the parents app for configuring and monitoring the childs device usage has just arrived on iOS devices.

That means mom or dad can be an iPhone user, but still manage their childs screen time, daily usage limits, set bedtimes and more, for their kids who useAndroid.

This launch expands the reach of Family Link dramatically, given that iOS has grown to capture 42 percent of the smartphone market here in the U.S., where Family Link is currently available.

The parental control platform is still in testing. When Google unveiled the software last month, it explained that parents would first have to request an invite to join the program. The idea is that Google wants to first work out the kinks and get feedback from early adopters before making Family Link more broadly available.

As for the software itself, Family Link lets parents set some basic limits on how their child can use their Android phone. It offers tools that allow parents to either block or approve app downloads similar totheiCloud Family Sharing Ask feature on Apple devicesor block apps that are already installed.

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