The Galaxy Note 8 is part of Samsung’s incredibly popular Galaxy series of smartphone devices. Like all smartphones that run on the Android operating system, the Galaxy Note 8 does not have any specific parental control settings, but it does have restriction settings that can reduce your child’s exposure to adult content (either through applications on the internet).
Since the Galaxy Note 8 does not have built-in parental control settings, some parents download third-party applications, which can provide a safer environment for their children. Luckily, the restriction settings will help some, and they are extremely easy to set up.
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
It’s crucial that you set up a passcode on your child’s device. Not only will it prevent the device from being accessed by anyone other than you and your child, but it will also prevent your child’s information from being accessed in the event that the device is stolen.
- From the Home screen, touch and swipe up to display all apps.
- Tap Settings.
- Tap Lock screen and security.
- Tap Screen Lock Type.
- Tap either A) Pin, B) Pattern, or C) Password.
What’s the Difference Between Pin, Password, and Pattern?
- Pin lock requires you to input a 4-16 digits.
- Password lock requires you to input a combination of numbers and letters.
- Pattern lock requires you to draw a pattern by connecting dots on the screen.
After you have entered either a password, pin, or pattern, tap CONTINUE, re-enter the password, and tap DONE.
You can also set up Iris Scanner. Iris Scanner uses your eyes to unlock the device by pointing them at the iris scanner. To do this:
- Go to Apps.
- Tap Settings.
- Tap Biometrics.
- Tap Iris Scanner.