Family Link Disclosure for Parents
At Google, your trust is a priority for us and we know that allowing your child to have their own Google Account can be a big decision. This Family Link Disclosure for Parents (“Disclosure”) provides important information you should consider when deciding whether to provide access to the broad ecosystem of Google services. For example, we explain our data collection and use practices for your child’s Google Account in the Privacy Notice for Google Accounts Created in Family Link section below. Once you create your child’s Google Account in the Family Link app, it will be added to your family group on Google and you’ll be able to use Family Link’s tools to help you manage the account.
Your Child's Google Account
Keep in mind that your child’s Google Account will be like your own and offers access to many of Google’s products and services, including general audience services that you may use yourself, such as Chrome, Search, Gmail, Google Play, Hangouts, and Google Assistant. Most of these products and services have not been designed or tailored for children, and your child may use them to communicate with others or to find content that you consider inappropriate. Your child will be able to use their account to do things like:
Access and search the internet;
Send and receive emails, chat messages, video and voice calls;
Subject to the Google Play approval settings for their account, purchase and download apps and games, music, movies, books, and other content available on Google Play, as well as make in-app purchases;
Create, view, share, and receive content, including photos, videos, audio, notes, presentations, documents, and more; and
Track health and fitness details such as activity level, heart rate, blood pressure or nutrition in Google Fit.
As explained in the Privacy Notice for Google Accounts Created in Family Link below, Google will not serve personalized ads to your child, but your child will still see ads while using Google’s services.
Tools for Parents
The Family Link app offers tools to help you do things like:
Approve your child’s downloads and purchases from Google Play and limit the visibility of content in the Google Play Store based on maturity ratings;
Manage settings such as SafeSearch for Google Search;
Review your child’s app permissions, such as microphone, camera, location, and contacts access;
Change the content filtering setting and turn search on or off in the YouTube Kids app;
Reset your child’s Google Account password;
Set screen time limits;
See the location of your child’s device;
Manage the activity settings for your child’s Google Account; and
Allow a second family member to exercise the same controls you have over your child’s account.
These tools can help you set digital ground rules for your family, but keep in mind that they have limitations and will not always work. For example, you won’t be able to see your child’s device location in Family Link, unless the device is on, connected to the internet, and recently active. Additionally, filters like SafeSearch are not perfect, so explicit, graphic, or other content you may not want your child to see makes it through sometimes.
Google Play Parental Controls & Purchase Approvals
Your child will be able to browse a wide variety of content in the Google Play Store, including titles for apps, movies, books, and music. You should review and adjust your child’s Google Play settings based on what you think is right for them. Keep in mind, these settings depend on maturity ratings provided by third parties that can be incomplete or improperly assigned, so your child may still see listings for content that you consider inappropriate regardless of the settings you choose.
By default, you must review and approve your child’s purchases and downloads. Your child may request content that is designed or intended for more mature audiences, or share information and communicate with others using third-party apps installed on their device, so you should use your discretion when deciding what to approve. For example, they can share photos or videos through third-party apps. Regardless of the approval settings you choose for your child's purchases and downloads, you won't be asked to provide approval in some instances, such as if your child: re-downloads an app or other content; installs an update to an app (even an update that adds content or asks for additional data or permissions); or downloads shared content from your Google Play Family Library.
You can block apps so that they are no longer accessible on your child’s device by tapping the “Apps” card in Family Link, selecting the app you want to block and toggling “Allow App” to off. The App will then be hidden, but not deleted from your child’s device, unless you unblock it. If you delete or uninstall an app from your child’s device, your child will be able to reinstall it without additional approval. You can also use Family Link to review the app permissions for your child’s apps.
Privacy Notice for Google Accounts Created in Family Link (“Privacy Notice”)
This Privacy Notice does not apply to the practices of any third party (non-Google) apps and websites that your child may use. You should review the applicable terms and policies for third party apps and websites to determine their appropriateness for your child, including their data collection and use practices.
Information We Collect
Information you and your child give us. For example, when you create a Google Account for your child, we’ll ask for personal information about them, like their first and last name, email address, and birthdate.
Information we get from your child’s use of our services. We automatically collect and store certain information about the services your child uses and how your child uses them, like when your child saves a picture in Google Photos, enters a query in Google Search, creates a document in Google Drive, talks to the Google Assistant, or watches a video in YouTube Kids. This information includes:
Device-specific information, such as the hardware model, operating system version, unique device identifiers, and mobile network information, including phone number. Google may associate your child’s device identifier or phone number with their Google Account;
Server log information, including details of how your child uses Google’s services (such as search queries); device event information such as crashes, system activity, hardware settings, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and the referral URL, the associated internet protocol (IP) address, and cookies that may uniquely identify your child’s browser or their Google Account, and telephony log information like the device’s phone number, calling-party number, forwarding numbers, time and date of calls, duration of calls, SMS routing information, and types of calls;
Voice & audio information may be collected. For example, if your child uses audio activation commands (e.g., “OK, Google” or touching the microphone icon), a recording of the following speech/audio, plus a few seconds before, will be stored to their account from any of your child’s signed-in devices, when the Voice & Audio Activity setting is enabled;
Location information may be collected and processed about your child’s actual location as determined by various technologies including IP address, GPS, and other sensors that may provide Google with information of nearby devices, Wi-Fi access points, and cell towers;
Unique application numbers may be sent to Google when your child installs or uninstalls a service or when a service periodically contacts our servers for automatic updates, such as the operating system type and application version number;
Local storage may be used to store information on your child's device; and
Cookies or similar technologies, which are used by Google and our partners to collect and store information about a browser or device, such as preferred language and other settings, when your child interacts with services we offer to our partners, such as Google features that may appear on other sites.
We do not require your child to provide more personal information than is reasonably necessary to use the Google products and services available for these accounts.
How We Use Information We Collect
In addition, we may use your child’s information (including combining personal information from one service with information, including personal information, from other Google services) to offer them tailored content, such as more relevant app recommendations or search results.
Google will not serve personalized ads to your child, which means ads will not be based on information from your child’s account. Instead, ads may be based on information like the content of the website or app your child is viewing, the current search query, or general location (such as city or state). When browsing the web or using non-Google apps, your child may encounter ads served by other (non-Google) ad providers, including ads personalized by third parties.
Our automated systems analyze your child’s content (including emails) to provide your child personally relevant product features, such as customized search results and spam and malware detection.
Information Your Child Can Share
Your child will be able to share information, including photos, videos, audio, and location, publicly and with others, when signed in with their Google Account. When your child shares information publicly, it may be indexable by search engines like Google Search.
Information Google Shares
Information we collect may be shared outside of Google in limited circumstances. We do not share personal information with companies, organizations, and individuals outside of Google unless one of the following circumstances applies:
We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Google with consent (as applicable).
With your family group
Your child’s information, including their name, photo, email address, and Play purchases, may be shared with members of your family group on Google.
For external processing
For legal reasons
We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Google if we have a good-faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:
meet any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request;
enforce applicable Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations;
detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues; or
protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of Google, our users or the public as required or permitted by law.
Google also shares non-personal information (such as trends about the use of its services) publicly and with our partners.
If your child is signed into YouTube Kids with their Google Account, this Privacy Notice applies. If your child is not signed into YouTube Kids with their Google Account, the YouTube Kids Privacy Notice applies.
Access to Your Child’s Personal Information
You can also use Family Link to edit or modify your child’s Google Account information, review app activity and app permissions, and manage your child’s ability to grant certain permissions to mobile apps to do things like access information from your child’s mobile device (such as location, microphone, and contacts). You can also use Family Link to help manage your child’s access to certain features, apps, and services, or change their Android permissions.
If at any time you wish to stop further collection or use of your child's information, you can delete your child’s Google Account my clicking “Delete account” on your child’s Account Info page in Family Link or on the Family group page in My Account. Your child’s account information will be permanently deleted within a reasonable period of time.
When Your Child Turns 13
When your child turns 13 (or the minimum age required for the creation of a Google Account absent parental consent in your country), they are eligible to manage their account on their own. If your child chooses to manage their Google Account, you will no longer have access to, or be able to exercise control over, it through Family Link. Before your child becomes eligible to manage their own Google Account, we will notify you and your child.
If you have any questions about your child’s Google Account, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help. You can find additional information about Family Link and your child’s Google Account in our help center. You can also send us feedback about Family Link or your child’s Google Account in Family Link by tapping Menu > Help & Feedback > Send feedback, or by contacting us by email or at the address below.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043 USA
Family Link is available by invitation only to parents of kids under 13 years old‡. To get started, you’ll need:
To create a Google Account for your kid through Family Link.
A compatible Android device for your kid*.
Your own device (Android or iPhone).
Your own Google Account.
To be in the U.S.