A Google sign is seen during the WAIC (World Artificial Intelligence Conference) in Shanghai. Photo: Reuters.

INTERNATIONAL – Family Link, the parental control hub created and launched by Google in 2017 will be now allow parents to be more aware of what their teenagers are up to.

When first introduced parents could only watch children up to the age of 13 but this can now be changed to kids that are older.

Family Link allows parents to do the following:

1. Set screen time limits, 

2. Lock devices when it’s time for a break, approve or block apps downloaded from the Play Store and 

3. Locate their kids through their devices.

These features work with Android phones starting today, with support coming for Chromebooks soon.

Parents have had the ability to lock their kids’ devices from their Family Link apps, but soon they’ll be able to ask Google Assistant to do it for them with a voice command. 

The Google Assistant update also adds family-friendly content for accounts managed by Family Link. 

Google Assistant can recognize up to six different voices, and if it hears a child that it recognises asking questions, it will provide kid-friendly responses. 

All of these features are available today and most will be available globally to almost every country in the world. 

However, the Google Assistant integration will only be available in the US first.