Your kiddo is all about your smartphone and tablet. She can鈥檛 put them down. But you鈥檙e concerned about what she鈥檚 doing online. Oh, and let鈥檚 not forget the apps! She may only be in preschool, but she鈥檚 a master when it comes to clicking on that little 鈥淏uy鈥 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鈥檚 for Android devices. The Family Link app won鈥檛 work for all Android phones, though. It requires a device that鈥檚 running Nougat (7.0) and higher. Some Marshmallow (6.1) devices also make the cut. If you鈥檙e 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鈥檚 no minimum age, though 鈥 that鈥檚 up to you, the parent. If you鈥檙e wondering whether they kick out your kiddo the moment she officially transitions from tween to teen, don鈥檛 stress. Kids who aren鈥檛 13, but turn 13 can keep their accounts. But kids who are already teenagers can鈥檛 create accounts.

3. You鈥檙e in charge. So, yes, it鈥檚 technically your child鈥檚 account, but Family Link鈥檚 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鈥檛 block everything. Don鈥檛 let your little one loose, thinking that she鈥檚 safe from all inappropriate content online and in apps. Google recommends reviewing your child鈥檚 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鈥檚 account.

5. It鈥檚 your child鈥檚 profile, not yours. This isn鈥檛 your profile that your child uses. This is her profile, and it鈥檚 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鈥檚 and don鈥檛s 鈥 all while under your watchful eye.

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