How to Create a Safe Friendly Android Experience for your Children
You may know how to protect your child by putting parental control on their cell phone but here is how you can set up a child friendly Android Tablet and make sure that they are safe when using the device unsupervised.
Whether your child has their own Android device or shares one with you or other members of your family, you should always make sure they have their own account set up wherever possible.
By setting yourself, or another responsible adult, as the primary user (administrator) you can subsequently set up additional restricted accounts for your child.
With a Primary account you will have administrative controls over any restricted accounts so can select what apps they can see and interact with giving you control over the content that is available to them.
Unfortunately many older Phones and some Tablet PCs have this feature disabled by the manufacturer. To enable it you may even need to root your device, which should probably be left to experienced uses or professionals.
If you’re unsure you can always check the menu options.
Setting up Additional User Accounts
To set up a new user on your device go to the settings menu, then under the device sub list you should see a users option, tap this. If you are setting up additional users on Android 5.1 read this guide.
You will now be presented with a list of current users and the option to add another user.
Select the add user option, and then be sure to select Restricted Profile in the options that pop up.
You will also be able to toggle the app you want this account to have access to. With apps that have a gear or cog icon next to them there are additional option that you can set, such as in the Google Play store you can select options for paid apps and content to make sure that only age appropriate information and apps are displayed.
After setting all this up you will need to decide whether to add a current Google Account for this user or create a new one for this user.
Google uses a single account for everything this will include access to apps, emails and social network. Creating a new account under your child’s name will give them control of whatever apps, music and movies they want to download without it overriding your settings or spilling additional data into your own and other accounts on that device.
Play Store Parental Controls
Whichever option you choose you should be certain to set up Google Plays Parental access controls on any account they have access to. These controls are located under the Settings > User menu and will need you to be logged into the Google account. The Play Store app will request a PIN code to be entered and confirmed. Make sure you keep this PIN code a secret and safe. Once setup this will restrict the content displayed in the Google Play store letting you set rating limitations for app and music content as well as controls over payments for Play store purchases so they can’t rack up astronomical fees on a Play Store Account.
Parental Control Apps
If you’re seek further controls over you child’s Android use and are not available to monitor their usage first hand then you may like additional support from 3rd party apps. These can let you set usage time restrictions so children can only use a tablet between given hours of the day or for a set amount of time. They can let you block specific apps and web sites and even track and report on activity so you can see just how your kids are using the device and how much time they spend on different apps, games etc. There are plenty to chose from many of them free or at very low prices so whether it’s a phone, tablet, or TV box you can keep your children safe while they learn and play.