Google's parental control Family Link app now available in Singapore

Sarah Tew  CNET

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.

Natwest suffers online banking outage
Ulster Bank has said it is having technical issues and has advised customers that they may be unable to access some services. For example, you can use the automated phone service for transfers, balances and statements.

Hannah Gadsby should host Emmys, viewers say, after comedian steals show
That's why I'm presenting alone, ' Hannah Gadsby joked during her brief but much talked about appearance at the 2018 Emmy awards . Gadsby was on stage to present the award for Best Direction in a Drama and began by admitting "This is not normal".

Brett Kavanaugh: Sexual assault accuser 'needs more time'
Numerous women, regardless of their politics, expressed personal empathy for Ford as she steps into a national firestorm. The president has indicated he wants Ford to testify, saying, "I really want to see her, to see what she has to say".

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".

Related News:

  • September 21: Brexit "humiliation" for the PM

    Any Brexit deal will include a withdrawal agreement and transition period to smooth Britain's exit from the bloc. Dealing with the European Union is only part of May's problem.

    Tiger shares Tour Championship lead, Day well placed

    The American shot a one-over-par 71 as partner Rose finished with two straight birdies for a four-under 66 in Atlanta. Five-time BMW victor Woods was solid from tee to green, hitting 11 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens in regulation.
    Tim Cook defends pricing of new iPhones, says it's worth the money

    Tim Cook defends pricing of new iPhones, says it's worth the money

    Popular tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee (aka MKBHD) posted a video revealing the unboxing and the contents of the iPhone Xs Max . That's a 2.2 percent smaller battery than the iPhone X's 2,716mAh cell, but it's 1GB more RAM than the iPhone X's 3GB of RAM.
  • Apple store staff perform sales ritual at launch of iPhone XS

    Apple store staff perform sales ritual at launch of iPhone XS

    Coming to the iPhone XR, this is where we have a big problem, one which nobody seems to be talking about. The 20-year old student arrived at the Apple store at 6am for purchasing two iPhone XS Max phones.
    Emilia Clarke gets 'Game of Thrones' dragon tattoo

    Emilia Clarke gets 'Game of Thrones' dragon tattoo

    She first teased her plans for her tattoo on an appearance on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan in May. Emilia captioned the post, tagging Los Angeles-based celebrity tattoo artist Doctor Woo .
    Syracuse New York shooting 'leaves five injured'

    Syracuse New York shooting 'leaves five injured'

    Emergency services responded to calls that an incident had taken place on Midland Avenue, firefighters say. The shooting happened on Midland Avenue in downtown Syracuse, about 400 km northwest of New York City.
  • United States  blacklists Chinese agency for buying Russian military equipment

    United States blacklists Chinese agency for buying Russian military equipment

    Geng said China would continue defence cooperation and development of strategic ties with Russian Federation. The move comes as the United States and China are in the heat of a trade war.
    Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang dies at age 61

    Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang dies at age 61

    Quang was promoted through the Communist party's ranks, rising to become a police general and member of the politburo. Vietnam's constitution provides for the vice president to perform the president's duties should he be unable to work.
    Jovial Prince Harry Admits To Royal Jitters In New HBO Documentary

    Jovial Prince Harry Admits To Royal Jitters In New HBO Documentary

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are heading off to their first overseas royal tour together next month. "It'll keep us busy". It's ideal timing for the former Suits star, who is set to travel to Australia next month with her new husband.
  • Alibaba Cloud's City Brain solution improves urban management in Hangzhou - USA

    Alibaba Cloud's City Brain solution improves urban management in Hangzhou - USA

    Analysts have also warned that U.S. companies selling in China could face nationalist backlash against their products. An in January, his administration blocked Ant Financial's Moneygram deal on national security grounds.
    Asia Cup 2018 | Bangladesh vs Afghanistan: Everything you need to know

    Asia Cup 2018 | Bangladesh vs Afghanistan: Everything you need to know

    While this match doesn't really hold much effect , both teams would like to actually end the Asia Cup group stage with a victory. Openers Mohammad Shahzad and Ihsanullah Janat, along with Rahmat Shah showed great temperament while batting against Sri Lanka.
    Donald Trump says he feels 'terribly' for Supreme Court nominee

    Donald Trump says he feels 'terribly' for Supreme Court nominee

    The GOP controls the Senate 51-49, meaning two defections in the party would defeat Kavanaugh if all Democrats vote no. It's hard to imagine that Ford will cut anything other than a sympathetic figure in front of the committee.


Most liked

Taiwan tracing US gun company owner accused of sex with girl
In celebration, he tweeted an image of a bouquet of flowers resting in front of a supposed memorial to "American gun control". Wilson meant to post instructions online for using 3D printers to make plastic guns, but a lawsuit deterred his plans.

Study Shows This Scent Can Stimulate Hair Growth
Researchers believe that hair follicles are thought to contain "smell receptors" that react to the aroma. Six days after the tissue was exposed to Sandalore, its keratin levels began to increase.

Hey, Spock! Real-Life 'Planet Vulcan' Orbits Sun Featured in 'Star Trek'
In the " Star Trek " universe, the star 40 Eridani A (alias HD 26965) has always been canon as the sun of Vulcan, the home world of the franchise's favorite pointy-eared science officer, Mr.

Unai Emery demands improvement from Arsenal players
But the visiting side from Ukraine pulled two late goals back to leave Emery's team without a single clean sheet this season. 'I think we played well in the first half and in the beginning of the second as well, ' he said .

De-constructing President Trump's Florence speech
"Or. did it become your boat?" For many residents in those areas it's not the first time they have been hit by a disaster. Almost 3 feet (0.9 meters) of rain fell in places, and dozens of cities had more than 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain.

'Healthy' organic yoghurts are packed full of sugar
At the same time, organic yogurt has 13 grams of sugar , and the least sweet was Greek, in which 100 g, only 5 g of sugar . Nevertheless, yogurt may be an unrecognised source of sugar , particularly for young children, who eat a lot of it.

Star Wars production to slow down
"But I think we're going to be a little bit more careful about volume and timing". "And the buck stops here on that". Star Wars items are among the most sought-after pop culture collectibles.

Tilray shows the highs, lows of investing in pot
The company's shares have jumped by as much as 1,600 per cent since it began trading on the NASDAQ exchange in July. At its peak, the stock traded for close to US$300.

Oil stable, OPEC in focus after Trump call for lower prices
It temporarily breached $80 a barrel last week for the first time since May, briefly returning to a more than 3½-year high. OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia is anxious that any sanctions-related spike in oil prices will trigger fresh criticism from U.S.

Mkhitaryan aiming for glory with Europa specialist Emery
Henrikh Mkhitaryan believes Europa League specialist Unai Emery can lead Arsenal to glory in the competition this season. Arsenal started their Europa League campaign with a 4-2 win over Ukrainian side Vorskla Poltava on Thursday night.

Why FEC Suspended National Carrier Project
The Federal Government has announced the suspension of its national carrier project, Nigeria Air. Whiles government noted that it needed a strategic partner to invest $300m in the project.

Kanye West Says He's 'Moving Back to Chicago & Never Leaving Again'
West posted an image of the album Monday night, rumored to be a sequel , or follow-up of sorts, to his 2013 album Yeezus . According to TMZ , citing sources, West and Kardashian, 37, have already found a place in Chicago.

Pogba hails mental toughness as key to Man United revival
According to BT Sport , Pogba took 26 steps in his penalty run-up against Young Boys in the UEFA Champions League , and scored. I need to adjust my game.' And he left as the best player in the world.

Roberto Firmino gives update on eye injury after PSG win
However, Firmino came on as a second-half substitute to scored a superb victor in injury time to seal three points for Jurgen Klopp's side.

Ex-PM Najib Razak faces new corruption charges in Malaysia
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak arrives at Anti-Corruption Agency for questioning in Putrajaya, Malaysia . However, U.S. authorities have said Tanore was controlled by an associate of Low and held funds diverted from 1MDB.