Manage your child’s Chromebook screen time with Family L


(Pocket Ribbon) – If you’ve bought your child a Chromebook, you’re probably wondering if it has features that help you manage activity and screen time. The short answer? Yes it does.

Google has an app called Family Link designed to give parents more control over their kids’ Android phones and Chromebook laptops. For example, parents can approve websites and apps they don’t mind using, set screen time limits, set a bedtime restriction, lock devices remotely, and monitor usage and activity.

Essentially, Google’s Family Link app allows you to create a Google account for your child and then restrict what your child can or cannot do on the Chromebook they’re signed in to with their Google account. Here’s what you need to know.

How Chromebooks Work with Family Link

In general, kids signed in to their own Google account on a Chromebook will have a similar experience to adults. But features like screen time limits, remote device lock, apps from Google Play, and location reporting are also available for your child’s Chromebook. Here’s what they — and you (the parent) — can expect:

Getting started with Family Link

The basic configuration process includes the following steps:

Download the Family Link app on the parent’s device (available on iOS and android).Create a Gmail account for the child. (Or, if the child is 13+ and has an existing account, use that account). For Chromebooks, sign in to the device with the new Gmail account. For Chromebooks, children under 13 are automatically accompanied when you sign in to the device with the Gmail account. For kids 13 and older on a Chromebook, the teen will need to invite a parent through Settings. Open Settings on your child’s Chromebook. Next to People > Parental Controls, click Set. Follow the steps to set up supervision on the child’s account.Your child must provide consent during the setup process.Need more help? See Google’s support page.

Family Link Device Requirements

For kids and teens: Family Link works on Android devices with version 7.0 (Nougat) and above. Family Link can also be used with Chromebooks running Chrome OS (versions M71 and higher). For Parents: Family Link works on Android devices with version 5.0 (Lollipop) and later, and iPhones with iOS 11 and later.

Create a Google Account for Kids

For children under 13 in the US and EU, the Family Link app allows you to create a Google account for your child. We recommend this if you want to manage their activities on a Chromebook. Once you’ve done that, you can just add your child’s Google account to their Chromebook. After your child is logged in to his laptop, your (parent) password is required to add new users.

If you are (the parent) of the Chromebook owner account, make sure you disable guest mode and control who can log in.


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Follow these steps to create a Google account for your child under 13 when setting up a new device:

Turn on the new device and follow the on-screen instructions to set up the device. When prompted to sign in with your Google account, tap Create new account. If you don’t see ‘Create new account’, tap More options First enter your child’s name, birthday, gender, email address, and password. Follow the instructions to sign in with your own Google account. You must give parental consent and also choose your child’s settings.Go here if you need additional instructions on how to create a Google Account for a child.

Add your child’s Google account to a Chromebook

To a new Chromebook or a factory reset:

Set up the Chromebook. If you’re signed in to your Chromebook, sign out. Click Add person at the bottom. Enter the Google account email address and password, then click Next. Follow the steps that appear. Learn more necessary? To see Google’s support page.google

Manage your child’s activity on a Chromebook

You can also manage all of this by clicking on your child’s name from the Family Link site.

Manage Browsing

You can manually control what your child can browse, or you can allow Google to make smart decisions for you.

Open the Family Link app. Select your child. On the Settings card, tap Manage Settings > Filters in Google Chrome. Choose a setting: Allow all sites; Try blocking adult sites; Only allow certain sites. Tap Manage Sites to manually allow or block certain sitesgo here if you need additional instructions on how to manage browsing.

Block or allow websites

If you prefer to manually block or allow sites yourself, follow these steps:

Open the Family Link app. Select your child. On the Settings card, tap Manage Settings > Filters in Google Chrome. From there, select Manage Sites > Approved or Blocked. Tap Create + in the bottom right corner. Add a website or domain. Tap Close x at the top left.go here if you need additional instructions on how to block or allow websites.

Manage site permissions

You can decide whether your child can give site permissions to their location, camera, and notifications. If Sites & Apps Permissions are turned off, children won’t be able to grant permissions to websites.

Open the Family Link app. Select your child. On the Settings card, tap Manage Settings > Filters in Google Chrome > Chrome Dashboard. Turn on or off Sites and Apps Permissions.go here for additional instructions on managing site permissions.

Manage screen time

When you create a Google Account for your child with Family Link, you are given the option to set screen time limits. This way you can lock your child’s device before going to sleep, or when you want them to stop using it during the day.

Set a bedtime

Open the Family Link app. Select your child. On the bedtime card, tap Edit schedule. Follow the steps on the screen to set a bedtime.go here for additional instructions on managing screen time.

Daily Limits

Open the Family Link app. Select your child. On the Daily Limit card, tap Edit Limits. Follow the steps on the screen to set a daily limit. Note: There are daily limits for every device your child uses .go here for additional instructions on managing screen time.

View or delete search history in Chrome

This one is a bit obvious, but if you don’t know, follow these steps:

View Chrome History

Open Chrome on your child’s Chromebook. At the top right, select More (three dots) > History. This page displays your child’s recent Chrome history.go here for additional instructions on managing Chrome history.

Delete Chrome History

Open the Family Link app. Select your child. On the Settings card, tap Manage Settings > Filters in Google Chrome > Chrome Dashboard. In the “History” section, tap Clear history.

Lock or unlock remotely

And finally, to really annoy your kid, you can lock his Chromebook to prevent him from using it. Here’s how.

Open the Family Link app. Select your child. On the map for one of your child’s devices. Tap Lock Now or Unlock.go here for additional instructions on managing screen time.

Want to know more?

Pocket-lint has a guide on how to use Family Link to control Android devices. Go here to check that out.

Written by Maggie Tillman. Editing by Britta O’Boyle.

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