Kids today are growing up in a world that is a night and day difference from the one that we, as parents, grew up in.
Technology is more prevalent than ever and is advancing every day.
There’s an app for everything now and a whole world of information at your fingertips through the internet, which most people now carry around in their pockets in the form of a cell phone.
As a homeschooling family, we are always using the internet for research and reading and while it is packed with tons of useful information, it’s also full of distractions and things that frankly, just aren’t appropriate.
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In this increasingly technical world, we want our children to have a full understanding of technology and how to use it properly, but we also want to make sure that they’re protected while they’re learning to use it responsibly.
With the Family Link app from Google, we can have both.
From articles to videos, there is so much that we use the internet for in our homeschool.
Tapping into this seemingly endless supply of knowledge seems like a complete no brainer for homeschoolers, but we do so with caution.
Anyone that has ever spent any amount of time at all surfing the web knows just how easily you can find yourself clicking on a link that doesn’t turn out to be what you thought it was and as parents, this isn’t something that we want our children to experience.
The Family Link app from Google allows you to monitor and control what your kids have access to when using their devices.
It allows you to set digital ground rules for your kids to help guide them as they learn to navigate the online world.
Apps are a big part of that.
There are apps out there that are meant to help connect you and your loved ones, there are apps meant to help you boost your productivity, and of course, there are apps out there that are just for fun.
They may not all be appropriate or something that you want your child to partake in, however, or they may just be full of in-app purchases and the mere thought of that bill makes you cringe.
Whether your children are younger or in their teens, the Family Link app from Google lets you set digital ground rules to help guide them as they learn, play, and explore online.
In other words, they learn while you, as the parent, remain in control.
The app lets you to remotely approve or decline apps that your kids would like to download and if they want to make one of those in-app purchases? Well, you have the final say there as well.
The app also allows you to:
- Hide apps on their device at any time. (Playing a game while they should be studying? That’s an easy fix!)
- Restrict the content they see in the Google Play Store by maturity rating.
- Keep an eye on how your child is spending their time on their device with app activity reports.
- Block specific sites or allow just a curated set of sites, and apply filters that attempt to block mature content, making your child safer while surfing the web.
- Set a time limit for each day of the week. Once their time is up, their device is locked, only allowing them to call when needed.
- Set a device bedtime. No more staying up too late playing a game or messaging with friends.
- Lock their device. Remotely lock their device at any time, even with your Google Home – just say “Hey Google, lock Robin’s device.”
As for your child’s device, they’ll still have the ability to use the apps that you’ve deemed appropriate, call when they need to, and see what guidelines you’ve put into place.
If you set a time limit or a bedtime for your child’s device, they’ll be able to see that in their Family Link app so they know exactly how much time they have on their device and when it will lock for the night.
As a bonus, from the parent device, you can even check on your child’s location. Whether they’re out with friends or moving between places, as long as they have their phone on them, you can find out where they are.
Now, of course, none of these tools are meant to replace a simple conversation with your child. You should discuss with them why you are setting the limits that you are when you initially set up their devices so that they understand that these restrictions are meant to keep them safer online.
With everything else going on in the world today, we parents have enough things to worry about. Your child’s device shouldn’t have to be one of them. Let them play, let them explore, let them learn, but do so with safety in mind. Set some digital ground rules with your family today and download Family Link.