Parental control in Android
Currently there are a lot of applications and features in our terminals dedicated to children.
However, giving a minor full access to the device can result in violations of their own privacy or simply unwanted expenses.
Today we’re showing you how to set up parental control on your smartphone to control the content that can be accessed by the youngest in the house.
Set up multiple users with different permissions
From Android 5.0 Lollipop onwards (i.e. Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat, Oreo and Pie) we can have several users on the same Android device.
However, not all manufacturers include this option in their terminals, especially if they are medium/low range. The operation is practically the same in all and we will see how to add a new user for the smallest.
Different users can be created to grant them different permissions. To do this, you only need to go to Settings > Users or from the notification bar by clicking on the user icon and then on ‘more options’.
Once inside, we can add as many users as people will have access to the terminal. We can also restrict calls and SMS if we deem it necessary.
Within each user we can configure a different pin to have a controlled access and that the minor can not access our account, which has all the privileges.
Terminals with a version lower than Android Lollipop, i.e. KitKat (Android 4.4) or lower do not have this function, but as an alternative we can restrict access with parental control applications or protect applications with passwords.
Enable Parental Controls in the Google Play Store
There are many applications suitable for children, but some of them give the option to make in-apps purchases or integrated purchases.
If you don’t want to keep an eye on your kids at all times so they don’t spend their money on new powers and gadgets for their games or other purchases they can purchase in the apps, you need to set up parental control.
Google Play has a parental control option that we can activate from the Google Play Store application itself. Enter the application and search for Settings in the menu. In user controls we find an option called Parental Control.
To activate parental control we need to enter a PIN code. Once the key has been entered, we will be able to set content restrictions in three sections: Applications and Games, Movies and Music.
Within applications we can choose the level of classification of the content of applications and games (varies depending on the region: USK in Germany, PEGI in the European Union, ESRB in Mexico) that are shown in the searches.
In movies and television we can also choose the recommended age for the content to be shown and in music we can restrict the content marked as explicit.
Note: The filter does not work if you access the application or movie with a direct link. It only works with searches.
Limit app purchases at the Google Play Store
In the Google Play settings, right under Parental Controls we have the option Request authentication to make purchases.
With this option enabled, we’ll be prompted for our Gmail account password each time we want to purchase an application or make an integrated purchase through an application.
Disable installation of applications from unknown sources
It is also convenient that we control the applications that can be obtained by other means that do not come from the official market.
The main thing is to uncheck the ‘Unknown origins’ option in Settings > Advanced settings > Security > Apps of unknown origin. This way, we’ll save ourselves the scare of “strange” applications.
Parental Control Applications
There are a large number of applications that will allow you to maintain parental control over some parts of the device system and over applications. In this way you can easily configure which parts the child can access.
Among the most popular is Kid’s Place, which allows you to customize several profiles depending on the person accessing the device.