Google Play Family Section Now Live

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Google has pushed the “Live” button on the Family section of the Google Play Store. Now it is easier than ever to find those Dora The Explorer apps!

One of the things I find hardest as a parent is to have a healthy balance of technology in my kids lives. Obviously technology is only going to continue to advance, and I want my kids to know how to use it – not just for games and movies, but how it can improve different aspects of their lives. Balancing this with how much time they spend on tech (read: way too much, no matter how hard I try!), and what kind of content they consume can be a full time job.

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The Family section isn’t readily visible from the main Google Play Store page.

Google is seeking to make the content part a little easier for parents with a new Family section on Google Play. Promised earlier this year at I/O, this section of the Play Store is filled with family-friendly content. Note, though, that it doesn’t jump off the front page at you. You’ll need to go to My Apps, then click on Family which is right below games on the left hand menu.

As of the time of writing this, the Family section is also not showing up in mobile device Play Store apps (writer’s Galaxy Note Edge and Nexus 9). So for now, if you want to browse the family friendly content, you’ll need to do it in a browser. That may just be something Google needs to toggle on their end, or it might be something we see pop up in an update.

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The Family section categorizes by age group and app/game type.

The Family category is broken into several subcategories of different ages (5 and under, 6-8, 9 and up) and different genres (Action & Adventure, Brain Games, Creativity, Education, Music & Video, Pretend Play). Think of the Pretend Play genre as getting your toddler ready for Clash of Clans-type games.

Overall I think this will be a helpful tool, however it’s not the silver bullet against just letting your child browse the Play Store and install whatever they want. Don’t forget to add password protection, if you haven’t already, to protect against unwanted purchases!

What do you think? Helpful tool, or Google Gimmick? Might use it, or meh? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook!

  Source: Google Play
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