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Parental Controls for YouTube

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Parental Controls for YouTube are essential if you are going to permit a child to access the platform. There is an incredible amount of content on YouTube, which is entirely unsuitable for children. Channels which promote, self-harm, suicide, pornography, the list is endless. Many parents have also encountered popular children’s cartoons, edited and voiced over with adult content. There are also countless Gaming channels which are popular with children even though they contain very adult content, and quite often, no shortage of bad language.

While we do strongly recommend you use Content Filters, unfortunately they are not 100% successful at blocking all inappropriate content. If you are going to permit a child access to video content, we suggest you uninstall or restrict YouTube and only permit children to use YouTube Kids. It is also better if you have viewed the content first yourself before permitting young children to view any content.

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Google’s Family Link App for IOS and Android

 

Google Family Link

 

Parental controls are essential. The days of handing a child an unrestricted, unsupervised or unmonitored device, are well and truly in the past. We have literally met thousands of young children who have, and still are, being negatively impacted by their exposure to unsuitable content online. While devices have been designed for children to use, they have not been supplied with the necessary safety features, pre-installed, to protect children. These devices are no more toys, then they are babysitters. Left unrestricted in the hands of a child, content which has the potential to cause serious long-term psychological harm, is always only a click away.

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Parental Controls for Android and IOS using Google’s Family Link App

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Google Family Link

 

 

Parental Controls are essential. The days of handing a child an unrestricted, unsupervised or unmonitored device, are well and truly in the past. We have literally met thousands of young children who have, and still are, being negatively impacted by their exposure to unsuitable content online.

While devices have been designed for children to use, they have not been supplied with the necessary safety features, pre-installed, to protect children. These devices are no more toys, then they are babysitters. Left unrestricted in the hands of a child, content which has the potential to cause serious long-term psychological harm, is always only a click away.

 

The mega corporations who are creating the digital devices used by children all over the world have finally listened to the voices of parents and stepped up, rolling out FREE Parental Tools to protect devices that are used by younger family members. Today we will look at Google Family Link. How to install it and use it. We would hope to see the set up process of Google Family Link, as part of the initial install on all new devices if future.

What is Google Family Link?

Google Family Link is a mobile app. It is available for both Android and IOS devices. It enables parents to create a specific Google Account for your child. This Google Account is a similar your own account, however once used with the Family Link App, you can now set ground rules for the use of the child’s device, such as deciding for yourself,

  • Which apps are suitable for your child to use
  • How long the child can spend on the Device
  • You may wish to set a bedtime cut off on your child’s device
  • It is also possible to see your child’s location at all times with the app.

Google-Family-Link-screen shot

What Other Features does the App offer?

To be fair, Google have given some consideration for the needs of Parents and their ability to restrict and monitor control devices in the home. This is a full list of the Google Family Link App’s Features

  • Manage the apps your child can use
  • Approve or block apps your child wants from the Google Play Store
  • Monitor and Control screen time
  • Weekly and monthly activity reports identify what Apps are most used or over used
  • Set daily screen time limits for your child’s device
  • Set a device bedtime
  • See your child’s location
  • Remotely lock your child’s device

 

It is VERY important to remember

  • Google Family Link will not entirely restrict unsuitable content through searches online.
  • You will still need to set restrictions for the search engine on the device.
  • Parents also need to be mindful of the types of App permitted for use on the device, if you permit its use, and it contains adult content, Family Link will not block the content as you have permitted the use of the App.
  • A perfect example of this is Netflix, you may wish to permit the use of this App on your child’s device. If you decide it is acceptable, as you child watches Netflix, then you will need to set the parental controls for Netflix also.

family-link screen shots

How to Create an Account with Family Link

  1. Open Google Play or the Apple App Store and Download the App
  2. Open the Family Link App.
  3. In the top right of the screen, tap Create – this is to create a new Account for your child and one also for you, if you do not have a Google Account
  4. Follow the instructions on-screen to create the account.
  5. When you’re done, a confirmation will show on the screen.

Creating a Google Account for your child when you’re setting up a NEW DEVICE

  1. Turn on the new device and follow the instructions on-screen to set up the device.
  2. When you’re asked to sign in with your Google Account, tap Create new account.
  3. If you don’t see “Create new account,” tap More options first.
  4. Enter your child’s name, birthday, gender, email address, and password.
    • Remember never to enter actual names or birth dates. It is important to consider your child’s right to privacy.
  5. Follow the instructions to sign in with your own Google Account, provide parental consent, and pick your child’s settings.

 

Once Google Family Link is installed you can now choose what access and permissions your child is allowed to have on their device. We have a User Guide for each setting listed here. We do recommend setting restrictions on App installation, Screen Time and Purchase Approvals.

Manage devices, apps & screen time

These are links to help you to navigate the individual setting you require to complete the set up of Family Link on your childs device. You may not even need to read through these short and detailed links are the set up process is very straight forward.

 

If you do nothing else please install a Parental Control

This is by no means an exhaustive guide to the App and its features. It is an introduction to a tool that almost every parent we have encountered to date, has been asking for. Parents can take the initiative and fulfil their role in protecting their children from unsuitable content, by installing and using the tools which are now available.

 

We are all too aware, motivating some parents to take any form of action to protect a child’s device, can be really difficult. An attitude of “My child would never look at something like that”, unfortunatley does exist. No one can really make such a confident assumption, in relation to the potential exposure to unsuitable content. If your child is using a device, always ensure the devise has restrictions on it.

 

Please let us know how you get on with Google Family Link. Are your experiences positive or negative with the App? Are you able to follow the installation instructions etc., if we can assist at all we will. Be sure to share the page with other parents of young children.

 

 

Team @COTDAge

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Parental Controls Google Family Link for Android and IOS

 

Google Family Link

The days of handing a child an unrestricted, unsupervised or unmonitored device, are well and truly in the past. We have literally met thousands of young children who have, and still are, being negatively impacted by their exposure to unsuitable content online. While devices have been designed for children to use, they have not been supplied with the necessary safety features, pre-installed, to protect children. These devices are no more toys, then they are babysitters. Left unrestricted in the hands of a child, content which has the potential to cause serious long-term psychological harm, is always only a click away.

 

The mega corporations who are creating the digital devices used by children all over the world have finally listened to the voices of parents and stepped up, rolling out FREE Parental Tools to protect devices that are used by younger family members. Today we will look at Google Family Link. How to install it and use it. We would hope to see the set up process of Google Family Link, as part of the initial install on all new devices if future.

 

What is Google Family Link?

Google Family Link is a mobile app. It is available for both Android and IOS devices. It enables parents to create a specific Google Account for your child. This Google Account is a similar your own account, however once used with the Family Link App, you can now set ground rules for the use of the child’s device, such as deciding for yourself,

  • Which apps are suitable for your child to use
  • How long the child can spend on the Device
  • You may wish to set a bedtime cut off on your child’s device
  • It is also possible to see your child’s location at all times with the app.

Google-Family-Link-screen shot

What Other Features does the App offer?

To be fair, Google have given some consideration for the needs of Parents and their ability to restrict and monitor control devices in the home. This is a full list of the Google Family Link App’s Features

  • Manage the apps your child can use
  • Approve or block apps your child wants from the Google Play Store
  • Monitor and Control screen time
  • Weekly and monthly activity reports identify what Apps are most used or over used
  • Set daily screen time limits for your child’s device
  • Set a device bedtime
  • See your child’s location
  • Remotely lock your child’s device

 

It is VERY important to remember,

  • Google Family Link will not entirely restrict unsuitable content through searches online.
  • You will still need to set restrictions for the search engine on the device.
  • Parents also need to be mindful of the types of App permitted for use on the device, if you permit its use, and it contains adult content, Family Link will not block the content as you have permitted the use of the App.
  • A perfect example of this is Netflix, you may wish to permit the use of this App on your child’s device. If you decide it is acceptable, as you child watches Netflix, then you will need to set the parental controls for Netflix also.

family-link screen shots

How to Create an Account with Family Link

  1. Open Google Play or the Apple App Store and Download the App
  2. Open the Family Link App.
  3. In the top right of the screen, tap Create – this is to create a new Account for your child and one also for you, if you do not have a Google Account
  4. Follow the instructions on-screen to create the account.
  5. When you’re done, a confirmation will show on the screen.

 

Creating a Google Account for your child when you’re setting up a NEW DEVICE

  1. Turn on the new device and follow the instructions on-screen to set up the device.
  2. When you’re asked to sign in with your Google Account, tap Create new account.
  3. If you don’t see “Create new account,” tap More options first.
  4. Enter your child’s name, birthday, gender, email address, and password.
    • Remember never to enter actual names or birth dates. It is important to consider your child’s right to privacy.
  5. Follow the instructions to sign in with your own Google Account, provide parental consent, and pick your child’s settings.

Once Google Family Link is installed you can now choose what access and permissions your child is allowed to have on their device. We have a User Guide for each setting listed here. We do recommend setting restrictions on App installation, Screen Time and Purchase Approvals.

 

Manage devices, apps & screen time

These are links to help you to navigate the individual setting you require to complete the set up of Family Link on your childs device. You may not even need to read through these short and detailed links are the set up process is very straight forward.

This is by no means an exhaustive guide to the App and its features. However it is an introduction to a tool almost every parent we have encountered has been asking for. We can inform, but parents need to take the initiative to fulfil their role in protecting their children from unsuitable content by installing and using the tools which are now available.

We are all too aware, motivating some parents to take any form of action to protect a child’s device, can be really difficult. An attitude of “My child would never look at something like that”, unfortunatley does exist. In reality, no one can make such a confident assumption in relation to potential exposure to unsuitable content. It is far better to always have a device suitably restricted if it being used by a child.

Please let us know how you get on with Google Family Link. Are your experiences positive or negative with the App? Are you able to follow the installation instructions etc., if we can assist at all we will. Be sure to share the page with other parents of young children.

Team @COTDage

Inappropriate Content

Inappropriate Content

 

Inappropriate Content

The internet offers so much content to us these days via text, images and video. Unfortunately, not all online content is appropriate for all users. Parents should be aware that children are always only a single click away from being exposed to graphic images or video, which can have long-lasting negative impact on the mental health of a younger viewer. There are many reported incidences of children discovering adult content in YouTube cartoons. Or from mis-directed advertising link to pornography. In December 2018, YouTube took down 58 million videos which contained spam or adult content.

 

Examples

  • Pornography Sites
  • Gambling Sites
  • radicalization Sites
  • Mature orientated sites that encourage violence, eating disorders, suicide etc.
  • Adult orientated sites that show violence such as beheading videos etc.
  • Video, Text and Chat rooms which are adult orientated

 

 

Online privacy

 

Advice for Parents

Parental Controls offer a means to restrict access to these sites, however you should remember that no technology is 100% reliable in this area. Have a conversation with your child and help them understand the importance of

  • Age appropriate material and content

 

  • The importance of having agreed rules in relation to what they should and should not access on a device

 

  • Remind children that it is always ok to tell you, if they have stumbled upon something or have seen something online that upsets them

 

  • Set up Parental Controls, this is not a request, or an opinion, it is a necessity !!!!

 

 

  • Have a conversation with other parents. Make it clear what your position on Internet Access is. While you have made attempts to secure your devices, other parents may not have.

 

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