Both the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2 XL are fantastic smartphone options for children. They are fast, easy-to-use, and have larger screens so children can view videos and educational material better. These smartphones were designed by Google and are the second pair of Google-designed smartphones to run on the Android platform (the first being the Google Pixel).
While smartphones can make great entertainment companions for children, there are also dangers that come with having a smartphone. Children can be subjected to mature content unwittingly, and some children may attempt to download adult applications and videos. Luckily, the Android development system does have some built-in restrictions. Of course, these restrictions aren’t overarching parental controls, so some parents choose to download third-party apps to assist them in setting up a more child-friendly device.
How To Set Up Google Family Link
Google Family Link is an app that allows parents to view their child’s smartphone activity, manage the apps they can use and download, set screen time limits, lock their device, and even track their location.
Family Link does not block inappropriate content, but some apps have their own filtering options. Google apps, such as Search and Chrome, have filtering options that you can find in Family Link. For parents of teens 13 and older, Restricted Mode on YouTube is an optional setting that can be used to help filter out mature content. However, Google notes that these filters are not perfect, so explicit, graphic, or other content you may not want your child to see makes it through sometimes.
Kids and teens that use Android devices running version 7.0 or higher can use Family Link. Some devices running Android versions 5.0 and 6.0 may be able to run Family Link. Parents can use Family Link on any Android devices running versions 4.4 and higher as well as iPhones running iOS9 and higher.Family Link also runs on Chromebook. With the Family Link app, you can choose what websites your child can access using Chrome, supervise your child’s app usage, and more. Family Link can be used with Chromebooks running Chrome OS versions 71 or higher.
Click here to learn how to set up Google Family Link.
Set Up a Passcode on the Device
The first step towards protecting your child is to set up a passcode on their device. This will ensure that their information doesn’t get stolen in the case of phone theft.
- Go to Apps.
- Tap Settings.
- Tap Security and Location.
- In the Device section, tap Screen Lock.
- Tap either A) Pattern, B) Pin, or C) Password.
What’s the Difference Between Pattern, Pin, and Password?
- Pattern lock uses a pattern via connecting-the-dots.
- Pin uses a 4-digit number.
- Password uses a password.
After you have entered either a password, pin, or pattern, tap CONFIRM.