Google "Family Link"

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I just discovered Google's (somewhat) new Family Link. This may be helpful a few years down the road when I have children, but -- from CE's perspective -- can it strengthen accountability for adults using CE? Thanks.
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Thanks for sharing and asking. Shooting from the hip, here are a couple of thoughts:
  1. Any tool that enables parents to protect and train their kids has some value.
  2. The Family Link program allows a 13-year old to drop out of the program and "graduate" to a normal Google account.
  3. It's cool that it's not limited to Android, they claim it works on iPhones.
  4. It's not really an accountability tool for adults (or children) because it doesn't monitor/report on browsing activity.
  5. If the amount of time someone is spending online is the issue, Family Link claims to monitor that. In that case, it would provide value as an accountability tool.
Again, those are "from the hip". Just based on what I read on their site, I wouldn't call it an accountability tool. I've never tested Family Link or spoken with someone that has used it. If anyone on the forum has used it, I'd be happy to hear how it worked out.

Thanks again for posting Matthew,