Today, one of the most dangerous situation that we are facing is the uncontrolled use of smartphones by students. Various studies saying that, the increased use of smartphones destroys the healthy relationship between parents and children. This will result in big problems that our children want to face. Sometimes they cannot overcome from the traps they are facing and they will try to find harmful solutions like suicide attempt.
There should be a control over the use of smartphones from the beginning itself. Otherwise it will become more and more dangerous. The surprising fact is that the technological legends Bill Gates(Founder, Microsoft) and Steve Jobs(Founder, Apple) are generated set of controls over the use of smartphones in their homes. If we seriously thinking about this fact, we can understand what are the after effects of use of smartphones in middle and low class families. The children are not keeping valuable relationship with parents and relatives. Instead of this, the new generation finds enjoyment from their social media friends.
In the previous year a lot of parents raised complaints in front of Apple company in US. After effect, they made some changes in this year in iOS 12. There are a lot of problems with the use of smartphones but the major problem is that the addiction to the smartphones from the childhood itself. The possible solutions to this problem recommended is that avoid giving phones to the children before they get matured, place computers and laptops in common areas in the home and so on.
We cannot overcome these problems completely, but a half solution is now introduced by Google in the form of an app called ‘Family Link’. Using this app, the parents can monitor their children’s phone. It will give information such as which are the apps they are using and how many time they are using the apps. But only this much is possible by the parents and the working of the phone is till under the control of the children. However, the major thing is that the parents can disable the phone at any time.
The app gives permission to the parents without affecting the children’s privacy. There are other apps available in Google Play store like Family Link but the difference is that it is free of cost. The Family Link app has two sides-one for parents and one for child. If you are a parent, download the Google ‘Family Link for Parents’. Through this, you can become the family manager. You can add your partner also to this group. Then set a Google account for child if it is not exists. After that install Google ‘Family Link for Children & Teens’ in your child’s phone. Remember, the aim of this app is not to report your child’s each and every activity with the phone. The child can also know which all are under the control of their parent. And the child can remove the control of their parent if they want. But whatever the child do Google will inform the parent about this and can make the child’s phone lock for some time.
You can connect more than one phone using this app. The parent can also see all the phones of the child if he/she has more than one phone. By introducing the latest app, Google tried to bring a whole family under a single group. So it is better to install paid apps instead of free version if you want to keep privacy and safety. The main drawback of this app is that most of the parents are not capable of doing such things like downloading, installation etc with phones.
Geethu is a technical professional who is a teacher by profession and loves to write articles related to technology, mobiles, gadgets etc. She do reviews on various products too.