I bought a new smartphone about three months ago, so I decided to customize it for children and keep it in mind. After all, I managed using Google Map’s location information sharing function and Android’s default kids mode I was thinking about it, but I tried to find out if there was a better way.
There are various apps for parental control, but to manage using Google’s exclusive application “Family Link”. The decision was that I wanted to unify it in the environment provided by Google. Just because there was another function that I wanted was functional, I decided here because it was necessary and sufficient.
- 1 Create family group
- 2 Acquisition of a Google Account for Children
- 3 FamilyLink Function
- 4 Summary
Create family group
Create a family Google account for sharing information between family members, and create a family group for allowing family accounts to belong so that you can manage the child’s terminal by linking them to FamilyLink need to do it.
When FamilyLink is installed and launched, you will be announced the creation of a family group, so follow the steps shown to create a family group. Please note that Gsuite email addresses can not create family groups (it can’t be done in Gsuite’s email address for about an hour!
There is also a place to choose whether it is a terminal for parents or a terminal for children, so I set myself (father) as a parent’s terminal.
Acquisition of a Google Account for Children
Google accounts are basically not available under the age of 13, but you can create a child account for use with FamilyLink. There is no age limit of 13 in this child’s account, so even children under 13 can register.
By linking the registered account to the Android terminal and putting it under the control of FmailyLink, it becomes possible to perform terminal management. After registering a Google account for children from the screen above, link the Google account for children registered in the account settings of the child’s Android device based on the registration information. At this time, it can not be set if it is linked with another Google account, so leave the other account information unlinked.
In addition, if you proceed while making minimal settings such as the screen to select the app that can be launched, setup of the terminal for children is complete. Once setup is complete, you will be able to see the status of the child’s terminal from FamilyLink on the parent’s terminal.
By the way, YOUTUBE seems to be unavailable without a choice of availability available. I think that the lower child of my house is nailed when there is YOUTUBE, so it is just right.
Screen shot for managing FamilyLink children’s terminals
We will introduce the function of Family Link roughly.
- Selection of terminal to manage
- Location sharing
- Today’s activity, update information
- Terminal lock
- 1 day usage time
- Good night time
- Installed app
- Sound the notification sound of the smartphone
Selection of terminal to manage
In my case, there are two children, so each child’s name is shown with a photo.
When you click each photo, it will transition to the screen for managing each terminal.
The location sharing feature is off in the initial state, but if you set it from the parent’s terminal, you will be able to obtain location information. As synchronization is not performed at any time, let’s get the latest location information by running synchronization processing at the timing you want to know the location of the child’s terminal. Location information will be displayed in a pinned state in GoogleMap. You can display a detailed map by clicking on it.
Today’s activity, update information
Get information such as the application you are using, and display usage time etc. You can also get information on which apps you are interested in, so there may be various uses depending on how it is used.
You can check the lock status of the terminal. It is also possible to intentionally lock it.
If the terminal of the child is in a locked state and you can not return from the lock, it will be in the app store review, so it may be better to check that the lock has been removed before uninstalling. .
1 day usage time
You can set the daily usage time of the child’s terminal. When the set time has passed, it automatically transitions to the locked state.
We think that we can use for the purpose of preventing overdoing such as game application, but, in the case of our company, we sometimes let you use game application on condition that we do not let you install in the first place, and basic application As it is a contact application, basically the function of daily use time is not used.
Good night time
If you set a good night time, you can not use a specific time zone. It is a function intended to prevent you from playing a game at night and can not go to bed, so it would be an effective function if you have a smartphone with a child as a game console.
In addition to listing installed apps, the installation status will be sent on time to the parent email address. If I went out at noon today, I was surprised to hear that “You have installed 00 on my daughter’s terminal.”
Sound the notification sound of the smartphone
We can sound notification sound by loss measures. It is a useful function when looking for a terminal in the house.
It can be used to return feedback to FamilyLink privacy concepts and operations from “Help and Feedback” or “Privacy”, but it is not usually used often.
I hope to use FamilyLink at home in the future. It would have been nice if there was a mechanism to skip alert emails when a child’s terminal was away from a certain point by a certain distance as a slightly missing function, but it would be nice if it will be added in future updates. Basically, in addition to the necessary and sufficient functions for managing the child’s terminal are packaged and easy to use, there are also cases where it is made of stable Google, and we hope to expect future updates think.
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