Google Home is a Wi-Fi speaker that also works as a smarthome control center and an assistant for the whole family utilizing G0ogle’s artificial intelligence (A.I.)-supported Google Assistant.
You can use it to playback entertainment throughout your entire home (YouTube, music, movies), effortlessly manage everyday tasks, and ask Google things you want to know. Prices start at just $29 for the mini-Home device which is similar to its primary competition, the Amazon Echo.
By linking your Home device to your Google account, you have the ability to enable a few parental controls that should prevent most kids from accidental access to inappropriate voice-activated content. As a default, Google Home bleeps out most common swear words.
We don’t need to recreate the wheel, so we’re going to send you to this blog post from The Ambient with details about Digital Wellbeing. This is the Google response to the growing outcry to unplug from digital devices.
This feature utilizes the Family Link set-up that we’ve talked about on other posts on our website. Like most things Google, it’s a little wonky to set up, but it will allow your Home Assistant to recognize your child’s voice and enforce certain controls over his/her access.
The wonky part is that you need TWO Android devices in order to set-up the child’s Family Link account. I know. It’s weird.
Once you’ve linked your Google Home, you’ll see it appear in the Family Link app on your smartphone. Tapping on it will let you make a couple of changes.
You can also restrict your kid’s access to third-party apps by following these steps:
Good! Now, keep going with a few more steps.
If you don’t want you kids buying a Lamborghini, then follow these steps.
Kids aren’t watching videos through Google Home, but they can listen to music through YouTube Music. These steps will control the overall device, regardless of who is using it. If you set up your child’s voice-activated access to only use YouTube Kids through Family Link above, then Google Home will default to the strictest settings – in that case, the YouTube Kids restriction.
Google Support Page: Play YouTube using Google Home
Google Support Page: Control Restricted Content Help Page
Same principle here. If you use Google Play’s streaming service (some Google Home devices default to it), you’ll want to exclude songs with explicit lyrics.
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