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11/15/18
New features for families on Chrome OS 71 Beta 0 Recommended Answers 0 Replies 1333 Me Too's
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Hello Chromebook Community!

The Chrome OS and Family Link teams have been working closely together on empowering families to develop healthy digital habits.

We’re excited to share some new features to help parents set digital ground rules for kids using Chromebooks, rolling out to the Beta channel now:

Manage the websites and Android Apps your child can see
Family Link allows parents to customize a list of websites that kids can visit, and review and approve the apps they can download from Google Play. Parents can also use Family Link to hide individual apps when necessary, and manage in-app purchases for apps already installed on the Chromebook.

Keep an eye on screen time
Parents know best when it comes to screen time. Family Link supports parents by making it easy to set screen time limits and establish bedtime hours. Family Link also offers activity reports to show parents and kids how much time is spent on their favorite apps (note that some app activity, such as for music players and messaging apps that run in the background, will not be fully tracked with weekly or monthly activity reports).

Manage Google Accounts and Chromebooks  
Parents can also manage settings for their child’s Google Account, and remotely lock supervised accounts on the Chromebook, if necessary. This is true whether the Chromebook is shared by the whole family, or is used only by the child.

To take advantage of these features, make sure your Chromebook is on Beta Channel, then help sign-in your child. If you are not on the latest Beta Channel, you can switch by following these instructions. Note that if you move to the beta channel to test this feature, you will have to powerwash your device if you want to move back to the stable channel.

You can also add supervision to your child’s existing Google Account, but you will have to take this additional step until these features are released to Stable channel.

We greatly value your feedback on these new features, especially regarding any bugs you encounter in Beta channel. Please share by filing a feedback report with #CROSFamilyLink or by opening a new thread in this forum!

Best,
Alisha, on behalf of the Chrome OS and Family Link teams
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