Google adds new section to Family Link containing 'teacher-recommended' apps

In an effort to help parents control how their kids use mobile devices, Google launched Family Link in September last year. The search giant now expands the capabilities of its parental control solution with the addition of a new section to the Family Link app meant to help parents identify appropriate content for their kids and decide what apps they may want to install on their children's device.

Coming in the form of a new card, the new feature contains a list of what Google calls "nutritious" apps recommended by teachers for children six to nine years of age.

Currently, the new Family Link feature is available only to users in the US, with Google planning to roll it out to more countries in the future.

As part of efforts to enrich the Family Link app with resources meant to help parents manage the app usage of their family, Google will be sharing ideas with teachers on how to determine quality apps at the OKA+ teacher’s conference in Oklahoma this week.

The addition of teacher-recommended apps to Family Link comes at a time when Google is giving more focus to the amount of time users spend on their devices. At the Google I/O developer conference last May, the tech giant announced the “Digital Wellbeing” initiative designed to help users take more control over their phone usage.

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