Google's Family Link now supports monitoring of Chromebooks

For parents that need a helping hand monitoring their kids' device usage, Google Family Link is one of the best options around. The service was made available for all parents in the U.S. and Canada over the last few months, but up until now, it's only been available to use for monitoring Android and iOS devices. Now, Chrome OS is being added to the list.

As noted by ChromeUnboxed, Google's support page for Family Link has been updated to show that you can "manage your child's activity on a Chromebook."

This functionality is available as part of Chrome 65, and once enabled, allows you to block or allow certain websites, prevent your kiddos from using Incognito Mode, view their Chrome history, block access to the Play Store/Chrome Web Store, and more.

Family Link is free to use, and you can get started by downloading the app on your phone and creating a special Google account for any of your kids that are 13-years-old or younger.

Download: Google Family Link (free) (opens in new tab)

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  • Anything like that, but for an older parent? I don't really need to block things but I need to be able to remotely support a chromebook.
  • Don't chromebooks have remote support but it has to be from another chromebook? I don't have one but I remember looking into it a few years back when I talked my mom into a chromebook. Good thing is she hasn't needed much support.
  • Finally! Parents will be happy...:)
  • Note that although various components of Family Link for Chromebooks are available if you know where to look, Google has NOT made an official announcement yet. At this point, I would expect gaps and bugs, and don't bother trying to get support. If it works for you, great, but if it doesn't, wait for the announcement (whenever that may be) and then try it again.
  • Does this work with a Google Classroom account on a chromebook?
  • This doesn't work at all for YouTube, in an annoyingly circular fashion. Kids Family Link accounts block the YouTube website (with no way to change this) instead pointing them to the YouTube Kids app. Which could be fine, except Family Link for Chromecast ALSO blocks kids from installing or using Android apps on Chromecast. I ended up making an account for my son with an age indicating he was an adult so he could watch "how to draw videos." SO ANNOYING.