5 Things You Need to Know About Google’s New App for Kids
Your kiddo is all about your smartphone and tablet. She can’t put them down. But you’re concerned about what she’s doing online. Oh, and let’s not forget the apps! She may only be in preschool, but she’s a master when it comes to clicking on that little “Buy” button. What are you to do? Well, Google may have a solution for your e-woes. The new Family Link app lets parents create Google accounts for their young children. Before you rush to download the app, here are five things you should know.
1. It’s for Android devices. The Family Link app won’t work for all Android phones, though. It requires a device that’s running Nougat (7.0) and higher. Some Marshmallow (6.1) devices also make the cut. If you’re totally devoid of any tech-savviness (and plenty of us are), Google provides a handy little list of compatible devices.
2. No teens or adults allowed. Seriously. The app is only for children under 13. There’s no minimum age, though — that’s up to you, the parent. If you’re wondering whether they kick out your kiddo the moment she officially transitions from tween to teen, don’t stress. Kids who aren’t 13, but turn 13 can keep their accounts. But kids who are already teenagers can’t create accounts.
3. You’re in charge. So, yes, it’s technically your child’s account, but Family Link’s main goal is to help you keep an eye on what your child is doing online. You get to manage her apps (approving or blocking downloads), track screen time, and set device bedtimes. Oh, if only getting her to go to bed was that easy!
4.It doesn’t block everything. Don’t let your little one loose, thinking that she’s safe from all inappropriate content online and in apps. Google recommends reviewing your child’s app settings and using filtering tools to keep as much of the not-so-kid-friendly stuff away from her eyes. Family Link is more about managing when your child goes online and what she does, rather than stopping all adult content from coming through. That means you need to be present and stay on top of your child’s account.
5. It’s your child’s profile, not yours. This isn’t your profile that your child uses. This is her profile, and it’s in her name. Some parents may not be completely into the idea of their child having an online account. Yes, there are always privacy issues to deal with, but this also provides a prime opportunity for young children to learn about the internet and online do’s and don’ts — all while under your watchful eye.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)