We released an app called Family Link for just over a year to give parents control over their use of their Android phone and set their parents to be turned off at night. We now extend the app to support Chromebooks and add the same functionality to their platform.
You can whitelist websites that your parents need to visit, set screen time limits, set sleep times, and lock them remotely. Using devices and monitors. Chromebooks set as supervisor accounts also have access to Android apps for the first time in the Google Play store.
This can be useful on shared devices because you can allow or hide Android apps on your device. Parents can also manage in-app purchases in supervisory accounts.
If you follow the benefits of Android on Chrome OS, you probably think of it as simple access to Google Play apps. . But in fact, much of Chrome OS itself is using the Android component, including a new Quick Settings menu and a software keyboard. Deeper integration seems to enable these new parental controls.
One interesting idea here is to let Google set up a supervisory account for teenagers, but teenagers are a means of control. When that happens, we will be notified and have a very exciting conversation about the moment we take responsibility for the teenage use of the computer.
Chromebooks have not yet created great tablets, but one important advantage over iPad: it's great as a shared device. Because it supports multiple accounts, it's easier to have a single gadget to log in if family members can not access each other's stuff.
Android games that you can get from the Google Play Store will not be as impressive as your kids can get on the iPad, but at least you'll know that I do not accidentally delete your work email. Give me a Chromebook.