Google TV devices, like the Chromecast with Google TV, are great at displaying content for you to watch, but not all of that content is family-friendly. Fortunately, you can set a specific profile for your kids, complete with parental controls.
You can have multiple profiles for everyone in your home on Google TV devices. The Kids profiles have a ton of extra controls, including bed times, watch limits, app monitoring, and more.
When you create a Kids profile, they are added as members to your Google Family. It̵
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On the Google TV home screen, select your profile icon in the top right corner.
Select your account from the menu.
Now choose “Add a Kid” to continue.
You will then be greeted with a friendly introductory screen. Select ‘Get started’.
If you’ve previously added a Kids account to your Google Family, you’ll see it listed here. You can select them: ‘Add another child’ or ‘Add a child’.
The next screen will ask for your child’s name. You can also post a generic ‘Kids’ label here if you want it to be a shared profile. Select “Next” when you are done.
Now it will ask for your child’s age. Again, you don’t need to be specific here if you don’t want to. Select “Next” when you are done.
You will now see some of the Terms of Service and information about parental consent from Google. Select “Agree” after you have viewed and accepted everything.
The last step to create the profile is ‘Parental Verification’. Choose a phone number to send the verification code to and select ‘Send’.
After you receive it, enter the code on the next screen and select ‘Next’.
The profile will now be created on your Google TV device. This only takes a few minutes. Once that’s done, the first thing you’ll be asked to do is select Apps. Click on “Next” to continue.
You will see a row of suggested apps for kids and a row of apps from your account. Select all the apps you want in the profile, then click ‘Install and Continue’.
Then Google TV will ask if you want to set any of the other parental controls. There are several things you can do here:
- Screen time: Set daily time limits for viewing or add a bedtime.
- Profile lock: Lock the child profile so that they cannot leave it.
- Family Library: Select ratings for TV shows and movies that can be shared from your purchases.
- Theme: Choose a fun theme for the child profile.
After reviewing these options, select ‘Finish installation’.
Finally, you will see a reminder to set up the home screen and sign in to any apps that may need it. Select ‘Let’s Go’.
Now you are looking at the home screen of the child profile! It’s much simpler than the regular profiles and lacks any content recommendations.
This is a great way to give your kids a little more freedom without giving them full control over all of the content on the web. Now you can feel a little better using the TV with a child profile.
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