Devices are also monitored for the amount of screen time and can also be remotely locked by parents. Additional features include the ability to:
- Approve downloads and purchases from Google Play and limit the visibility of content in the Google Play Store based on maturity ratings.
- Manage settings such as SafeSearch for Google Search.
- Review app permissions on Android, such as microphone, camera, location and contacts access.
- Change the content filtering setting and turn search on or off in the YouTube Kids app.
- Reset a Google Account password.
- Set screen time limits on Android devices.
- See the location of signed-in and active Android devices.
- Manage the activity settings for a Google Account.
To use the parental control app, child accounts must be set up on each device. Google places a small fee on credit for each account created, which it says goes to a child protection agency.
Family Link is required to use Google’s Pretty Please mode. This mode teaches children that use the devices to be polite and use manners – like saying please and thank you - for Google voice commands. The feature was added as parents noted a trend in young users of voice assistants becoming impolite and bossy.