Worried that your teens might be spending way too much time on their smartphones? Or do you just want them to put them down at the dinner table? Google’s got your back. It has added new features to its Family Link app which enable parents to remotely turn off their teen’s smartphone.

Family Link is a hub for parental control that was launched by Google last year. It enabled the company to provide kids under their 13 own accounts with the supervision of their parents. Family Link features are now being expanded to cover teens.

The parental control hub lets parents set screen time limits, approve and block apps from the Play Store, location their kids, and even lock the devices when they want their kids to take a break. All of these features are currently working with Android smartphones and will also work with Chromebooks in the near future.

Parents will now be able to remotely lock their teenagers’ smartphones through Family Link by giving a voice command to Google Assistant. They just have to say something like “Hey Google, lock Tiffany’s device,” and Tiffany will get only a few minutes to get done with whatever she’s doing on the phone before it’s locked remotely.

Teens will have the ability to override these controls but parents will be notified if they do. If they do decide to disable the controls, they will have to wait for 24 hours before the phone can be unlocked.

Filed in Cellphones. Read more about Apps and Google. Source: blog.google

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