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.
How to Monitor Your Child’s Gmail Account with Bark
Bark’s award-winning service monitors your child’s sent and received emails, including attachments and chats. Parents will receive alerts if Bark detects potential issues like cyberbullying, depression, suicidal ideation, online predators, and more.
- Make sure you’ve created a Bark account (either during your free trial or as a subscriber).
- Visit your dashboard.
- Select the … menu 💬 and click Add device or app.
- Choose Content monitoring.
- Scroll down until you see the email section and select Gmail.
- From this screen, you can choose to enter in your child’s username and password, or they can do it themselves.
- You’re all set! Bark will immediately begin monitoring their account.