This app is just OK. It could be soooo much better. There are certain apps that I want my daughter to have unlimited access to... Like music apps. Then there are some apps that it is okay for her to have more access to than others, like Khan Academy (education). If the controls were a bit more granular, this app would be absolutely fantastic. And why are limits only 30 minute increments? And why can't I set certain days to 0? Maybe add a reward/task system so I can send her tasks, like clean your room, and once I approve that it is complete, she gets more time on her device automatically. This app could be amazing... But it is just okay right now.
If you're installing this on a phone that's already been signed into, but creating a new account for your kid, then once you complete the factory reset part, you won't be able to access the phone again (under a different account) for 24 hours. This app has some great features. Has strong potential, but stops being as effective when your kid turns 13. Wish they would change that. That's when kids start needing a little more monitoring IMHO.
It's a good app to help parents have a little more control over their kids phone. It allows you to set a "bedtime" (meaning the phone can't be used for anything except emergency calls during that time), they can't install apps without your permission and your password. The only thing I don't really like is that the location will not be updated unless their on Wi-Fi or if their data is turned off. Other than that, I like this app and would recommend it to other parents.
My kiddo is 6 years old and I work full-time, kinda far from home and where she is in school. Getting her a phone seemed so wrong because of her age however this app makes it all possible to be at peace with all of that!! I can now be comfortable knowing where she is exactly, and not worry about her having a phone at all because I have the power to control her screen time, filters, apps, and everything she does on her phone!! It's great!!
This is a pretty cool app for families. I can control the usage, hours, times to play and shutdown tablets all from my phone. Do mot have to even go on their tablets any more. It would be even better if I could leave messages from my phone to their tablets. I don't know if that is in the app.
Everything works great, considering I had to make a second account for my son to use it. However, my biggest issue with family link is the inability to add apps Google deemed inappropriate for kids, like YouTube. Also a parent forum would be nice to share advice and offer opinions for features.
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