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It's not the kind of app that teens are going to be clamoring to get their hands on - who wants their parents to be more controlling? - but I think it's born out of a good place: lots of parents are concerned about how their children spend time online. Now Google have announced that they will be bringing the app for parents of teenagers. Teens can still access the smart device once it has been locked by parents but it will send an alert to them.

Family Link, Google's set of parental management tools for their children's Android accounts, has received positive feedback since its USA launch in September 2017, leaving parents in unsupported countries eagerly awaiting the service.

According to The Verge, the Family link is available only for Android users and for anyone with an existing Google account.

Unlike what's there for kids, the new "Family Link" features for teens won't let parents change the passwords of their devices or change the device itself.

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However, the Google Assistant integration will only be available in the USA first. Parents can simply create a Google account on their child's device. For those unaware, Google Assistant can recognize up to six voices.

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

All of these features are available today and most will be available globally to nearly every country in the world. This allows the parents to have direct control over their children's device, everything from choosing how many hours they can be used per day to when they're kept locked or what Apps can be downloaded from the play store.

Google has also added the ability for parents to remotely lock their teenagers' accounts on the app using Google Assistant. "The need for supervision doesn't end with mobile devices".

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