O Google released news to Family Link this Tuesday (18). The new version of the app allows parents to be alerted when their children are arriving or leaving school. The other novelties are the new interface design, which aims to facilitate the use of the parental control app for Android and iPhone (iOS).
O Google Family Link is a service that helps manage what kids are accessing on cell phones and tablets. Through it, parents can apply limitations and even check recent activities on their children’s devices. You can also take more proactive measures, such as locking the device remotely.
The new version improves the range of platform features. Starting with the third tab, called “Location”, which shows a map with the geolocation of the children. But the new area also allows the configuration of alerts to notify when children arrive or leave a place pre-set by parents.
“You’ll also find other useful features like battery life and the ability to call your child’s device to find it,” they announced. “You can now turn on notifications to be alerted when your child arrives or leaves a specific destination, like school or football practice.”
Google Family Link gets new interface
But this is not the only news. The update provides two more tabs, starting with Highlights, which displays the most important information on the home screen. That is, in the same place, parents can see the apps most used by their children, what was recently installed and other usage information.
The second tab, identified as Controls, lives up to its name. Through it, parents can set the time of cell phone use and even block it remotely. In addition, the area gained the option “Just for today” (in free translation), to apply adjustments that will work for just one day without changing the rest of the settings.
Notifications are also gathered in one place. This way, parents can get an overview of everything their kids have done, including location alerts and even requests to install apps, access blocked sites, and the like. The page also has tabs to view individual children’s notices.
Family Link gets web version
The news doesn’t just revolve around the mobile app. Google also announced a web version for the platform. Thus, parents will be able to manage the settings and access the information directly from the computer, if they do not have their cell phone in hand.
“For your children, the Family Link web experience will help them better understand parental control settings,” they said.
According to Google, the news has been released since Tuesday (18), but will reach all users over the next few weeks. Google TV was also updated this week with the same purpose.