With all the smart technologies inside our homes, children are encountering more and more connected devices from an early age. Even before a child gets their first smartphone, they may have talked to Alexa or pushed a Nest Hub. To give a helping hand to parents exasperated with technology education, Google is launch additional tools on its Families website on how to foster a healthy and safe online environment for children.
They include illustrated guides on how to approach a child’s interactions with technology from trusted organizations such as Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely, Family Online Safety Institute, Headspace, PBS KIDS, and Sesame Workshop.
It also allows Google to showcase its own products aimed at children and families, which the company has been to reinforce with dedicated security Characteristics and child accounts. Additional resources include information on the latest apps and services for kids, information on setting up parental controls on the web, tips on managing digital well-being, and educational tools for the classroom.
The site relies on Google search information and the results of a survey over 2,000 parents of children under 13 in the United States. According to the study, two in five parents said they were uncomfortable talking about different tech-related topics with their children. Meanwhile, the pandemic has seen research reach an all-time high for ‘how to home-school’. “Mindfulness of Children” and “Fun Home Activities for Kids” as people searched for ways to keep busy kids inside.
Along with the new portal, Google is also updating its Family link parental control with the requested features, including the ability to remove screen time caps for favorite apps, which you can now set to stay “always allowed”. Activity reports will also come with additional details that show how your child spends time in apps over a week or month, and how much time is spent in your “always allowed” apps. Android users, on the other hand, can now view app suggestions from the extensive catalog of teacher-approved services in the Google Play Store, see the battery life of a device designated by the child. and set screen time limits from a child’s device.
In addition, Google’s family-oriented ads also include a new weekly YouTube series called HeadSpace Respirators. The show, a collaboration with the guided meditation platform Head space, debuts next month and is designed to help families relax by practicing mindfulness and well-being.