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Google updates Family Link and Google TV with more parental controls

Google has announced that they are updating Family Link and Google TV with experiences for parents and kids alike, to help families build healthy, positive digital habits together.

Family Link’s new look and features

Google Family Link is a family parental controls service by Google that allows parents to adjust parameters for their children’s devices. The application allows parents to restrict content, approve or disapprove apps, set screen times, and more. Over the last five years, the Family Link app on Android and iOS have been helping families stay safer online by providing parents with the tools to set screen time limits and guide children to age-appropriate content and devices such as Android phone or apps such as YouTube and Google TV.

Based on parents’ feedback, Google has redesigned Family Link to bring the tools to the forefront and make them easier to use. Across the Controls, Location and Highlights tabs, you’ll find new experiences like “Today Only” screen time limits, alerts for when your children arrive and leave a location and recommended content from trusted partners around online safety.

For easier access, parents and their children can also access Family Link online in a new web experience. The tools will start rolling out today and complete over the next few weeks.

More ways to explore content with Google TV

Google TV is an entertainment experience made for the whole family and its kids profiles are easy to use for kids of all ages. Google has added managed watchlists, Google-powered kids recommendations and supervised accounts on YouTube.

Bringing recommendations and watchlists to kids profiles makes it easier to find the perfect shows and movies. Kids can easily browse top entertainment from their approved apps, and you can build a “must watch” list just for them from their TV and mobile device. And for parents with older kids who are ready to move on from YouTube Kids, their tweens can now use a supervised Google Account to start exploring YouTube on their Google TV kids profile.

Google says its goal is to allow kids of all ages to explore the best of what technology has to offer, in a safer way. These updates will start rolling out today and complete over the next few weeks.

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