Google provides its operating system Google TV with profiles for children. Parents can set which apps to use and it is possible to specify screen time restrictions. The feature will be released in the ‘coming months’.
Profiles for children can consist of an existing Google account or a new profile with just a name and age, Google writes . Parents can specify which apps are available on the child profiles and the profiles will receive recommendations tailored to content from apps that are suitable for children. There is integration with Google Play Family Library, so that previously purchased films and series can be viewed via the children’s profiles.
The profiles also have a custom look, which is designed for young viewers and consists of bright colors and illustrations. There are several themes to choose from. Google will also add avatars designed for children.
There will be screen time management where daily limits can be set and a bedtime schedule can be set. Children using the profiles will then see three ‘alerts’ when their screen time is running out or when bedtime is near. Parents can also add ‘bonus time’, according to Google, to temporarily increase that limit.
It is possible to lock the Google TV profiles with a PIN code so that children cannot switch to another profile with more rights. Some of the settings can be managed through the Family Link app. It also shows how long children use certain apps and can apps be blocked.
Google is making the child profiles available on Google TV devices in the United States this month. The functionality should be available worldwide in the coming months. The Google TV operating system is on the latest Chromecast and on TVs released by Sony, Philips and TCL this year.