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Google is making a huge step toward letting families manage Google accounts and phones of children in the house, moving well beyond Google Play Family Library.

With Family Link, a parent is granted administrator level permission to a child's device.

Here's how it works: First, your kid will need a new device that runs Android Nougat (7.0) or higher.

With that in mind, Google is today debuting a new app created to help give parents more control over their kids' smartphone and tablet usage, letting mums and dads remotely lock it down when it's time to do something more productive. Once enabled, Google says that you will be able to set your own "digital ground rules" when it comes to many aspects of device usage. It lets parents create a Google account for their kids and monitor which apps they can use and how long they're using them.

Google goes on to clarify that it is ultimately the parent's job to manage what their kids view on their device.

For an invite to Family Link, follow the link below.

For anyone who has kids, you may know the struggle that is keeping your children in line with their smart device usage.

The service, which will initially launch for Google Android and head to Apple iOS at a later date, is now accepting invites for testing in advance of a planned summer release. It is also an app we don't pay too much attention to, though.

The app strives to allow kids access to a more age-appropriate version of the internet. Yes, you'll have to request an invite and your kids also have to be under 13 years old. Mostly because it is in every Android phone and we tend to stick to the search bar widget, as opposed to actually going into the app, but the latest rumored update might entice you to go into the Google app more often. This system tracks apps weekly and monthly in reports sent to the parent.

  • Lila Blake