Android Parental Controls - The “Star” at Google I/O 2015

PRITHIV on June 10, 2015

To allow or not to allow, that is the constant question that troubles parents. How to find appropriate content for your children to keep them digitally entertained? Kids today are far too tech-savvy for their own good and could land up somewhere they ought not to be. Google has got just the right solution so that parents can heave a sigh of relief.

It’s simple, Google advises parents to follow the Star. Nope, Google is not asking parents to go the Magis’ way. The Star or the Family Star is the latest addition to Google Play that allows parents to easily identify age specific and child appropriate content.

The Family Star; Google Play's latest addition.

Parents can tap on the new Family Star button to find apps, books, games, movies and other content that is family friendly. A single tap will save parents the time and effort needed to check whether or not something is appropriate for their kids. The Family Star also organizes content by age, so that parents can now easily find a toddler-friendly game and a teenage appropriate movie. Smart choices are just a click away to ensure age-specificity and relevance, all the while ensuring appropriate content.

Content Rating, Age Range and Ad info

Popular characters will now have dedicated pages on Google Play which will showcase all related content in one place. Now surprise you kid with all the games and movies featuring his favourite toon character!

Google Play's Popular Characters section

Finding family friendly content is easy; but what about keeping inappropriate content out of the children’s reach? Going off-limits; kids seem to be pretty good at that! Updates to Android's built-in parental controls will now allow parents to restrict downloads, purchases and streaming of mature content. Ads are also under strict surveillance in the latest updates, ensuring that no age-inappropriate ads pop up while using apps. Parents are informed up front about ads so they can make their choice, and ads are also matched with content ratings to establish conformity. Apart from this double check, all ads targeting the family-friendly content are give stricter look-throughs to maintain propriety.

Parents can hope to get their hands on the latest Google Play experience within the next couple of weeks!

Mobicip's parental controls complements the primary levels of safety that Google Play provides. Mobicip allows parents to set time limits, monitor app usage and websites, customize internet rules, generate browsing reports and much more.