How to lock down your tablet

If you purchase a tablet from Mightier, the device you will receive is an Android tablet. This device arrives with common applications pre-installed. You may not want your child to have access to these applications. We encourage you to download and install a parental control application so you can manage access on your tablet, set limits around screentime, and help keep your child safe. 

 

Download and Install a Parental Control Application

Installing a parental control app allows you to choose what applications your child has access to, and even lets you monitor where they are spending their time. Many families have utilized the Google Play Store to download parental control apps of their choice.

  1. Log into the Play Store with your Google credentials
  2. Download a parental control application that fits your family's needs and then follow the app's instructions to set it up.
  3. Please check out this list of the Best Parental Control Apps by Digital Trends for some ideas.

Mightier is not responsible for supporting other apps and programs. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Family Care Team for help. 

 

Instructions for downloading and setting up Google Family Link

Family Link is a free parental control app from Google. This app lets you remotely set digital ground rules from your own device to help guide children as they learn, play and explore online. Many Mightier families have used this app to manage access on their tablet.

Important! In order to fully disable searching within Google, you must disable the app on your child's device before you install and set up Family Link. To disable Chrome follow the instructions below, and then restart your device.

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To set up the Google Family Link for parents app on the parent's personal device:

  1. Log into your App Store
  2. Search for "Google Family Link for parents" in the search bar
  3. Tap the "Install" button and follow prompts to download the application
  4. Once the application has installed, open it by tapping "Open" in the store or by tapping the icon on your home screen.
  5. Follow the prompts within the Family Link app to set it up and become a Family Manager using your email address.
  6. If your child does not have a Google Account, create one through "Google Family link for parents" by following the instructions within the app. You will need to use this email address to download Google Family Link for children & teens on your child's tablet.
  7. When prompted download, install, and open the "Google Family Link for children and teens" app on your child's tablet, and enter the Family Link access code to connect your devices.
  8. Once your devices are linked, view your child's account through the parent Family link app. Tap "Manage Settings" to manage filters and access on Chrome, Google Search, YouTube, and more.
  9. Tap "Manage Settings" > "Filters on Google Chrome" > and then choose either Allow all sites, Block sites, or Only allow certain sites. Detailed instructions here
  10. Tap "Manage Settings" > "Filters on Google Search" > and then enable "SafeSearch" Detailed instructions here

To set up the Google Family Link for children & teens app on your child's tablet:

  1. Log into the Play Store with your Google credentials
  2. Search for "Google Family Link for children & teens" in the search bar
  3. Tap the "Install" button and follow prompts to download the application
  4. Once the application has installed, open it by tapping "Open" in the store or by tapping the icon on your home screen.
  5. Follow the prompts within the Family Link app to set it up and link it with the parent account.
  6. When asked, enter the child's Google Account password and then "Join" the parent's account. 
  7. Follow the prompts to review applications on your child's device and to remove the ones you don't want your child to use.
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