With children being exposed to technology, online interaction and apps at such a young age, parents are bound to be concerned about what their children are looking at and interacting with.
As a solution to this concern, Google has created "Family Link" – a parental control app. The app for Android devices has completed its beta testing period and is now available to the public for free download in the US.
This app allows parents to manage their children's apps, set screen time limits and more. It can be used on both an iOS or Android device but is designed more specifically to manage a child's Android device, according to TechCrunch.
The app was first introduced as an invite-only programme in March. It lets parents block or approve app downloads, as well as allowing them to track what apps are capturing their child's attention by being able to view monthly or weekly activity reports.
In addition, Family Link lets parents limit device usage by configuring a maximum amount of hours per day that their child is allowed to be on the device, as well as when the device is to be automatically locked out for bedtime.
There are more offers that this software provides on Android if you compare it to the iOS features. This includes a "Restrictions" section that focuses more on what apps a child can use, and lets a parent configure privacy and other settings.
When it comes to iOS, Apple does not offer a way for a parent to set limits, remotely lock a device or view app usage activity reports.