What to Know About Upcoming Google Assistant Parental Control

Any parent fears the technological advances in their kids’ everyday lives. The bottom line, however, is that the next generation is growing up surrounded by digital devices. Of course, that’s by no means a wild west! Google comes to parents’ assistance. Soon, their software Assistant application will provide caretakers with the chance to have considerable control over what a kid can do.

More on the Upcoming Parental Controls

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Google Assistant was first launched in 2016 and will, for the first time, allow parents to control what their children can access. The application has 700,000 users. A Family Link app has previously allowed parents to create simple limitations, such as screen time, content, and apps. The new rollout is expected to be much more comprehensive, though.

Once the parental controls are implemented, parents will be able to restrict a kid’s phone call-making, as well as request videos and music from special sources. It’ll even allow control over how kids interact with Google Assistant devices. Other options included are setting downtime hours.

How to Access Google Assistant’s New Features

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In order to gain access to the upcoming Google Assistant features, parents will need to perform several actions. Firstly, they’ll need to make an account using the Family Link app. The next step is to add the kid’s voice to all applicable smart devices. That way, the software will recognize who uses it. Plus, it’ll allow parents not to be restricted by the limitations they’ve set on their children.

Once these steps are completed, caregivers should return to the Family Link app and select the option allowing them to set content restrictions on Google Assistant. It’s important to mention that parental controls aren’t accessible on the software when it’s used via the caretakers’ smartphones. That’s due to the fact that Google doesn’t consider phones to be shared devices. So, parents who allow their children to use their smartphones must be cautious.