If you have a smart TV platform, even your youngest kids will quickly get the hang of it. But just because they can doesn’t mean they should. Maybe you don̵
Child profiles are just what they sound like, separate profiles for your kids to use. Think of it like the profiles you set up for your kids on Netflix or Hulu, but for your overall Chromecast platform. You can choose which apps your kids can access, such as YouTube Kids and Noggin. And Chromecast’s suggestions for new content also come from kid-friendly platforms.
If you have a Google Play Family Library, you can only share the movies and TV shows you want to share with the child’s profiles. And yes, they can watch the same thing over and over again. So get ready for the 10,000th game of Down the rabbit hole
Google recognizes that not every parent is ready to create a Google account for their children, so while you can create a child profile with a linked account, you don’t have to. Instead, you can set a basic profile and add a name and age, no Google account required.
The addition of child profiles comes with tools to keep things under control too. You can use screen time management tools to limit how long your kids watch TV. You can close access after a certain amount of time (bedtime mode), limit how long your child can watch, or both.
And for fun, the kids profiles have custom theme options. For starters, you can choose from Dinosaur, Under the Sea, and Space Travel. Later, Google will add custom avatar options. Google says child profiles are rolling out to Chromecast with Google TV devices, along with other Google TV devices, starting this month in the US. Other countries will follow in the coming months.