New Google Assistant features bring kid-friendly updates
Google has announced three new features for its Assistant, all geared towards children. Google Assistant adds parental controls, kid-friendly voices, and a kid’s dictionary.
Parental controls will be available in the coming weeks via the Google Home, Family Link and Google Assistant apps on Android and iOS. You’ll be able to limit which music and video providers your kids can access, block news or podcasts, schedule downtime, restrict phone calls, and even “choose what kind of answers they get from the Assistant.” “, according to a Google blog post.
You can also specify commands for each child by setting up individual voice matching and face matching if you have a Nest Hub Max.
Four new kid-friendly voices are also launching on Google Assistant with “a diverse range of accents”. They speak slower and more expressively than regular assistant voices.
Finally, Kids Dictionary will give simple, age-appropriate answers when kids ask Google Assistant to define words. It will leverage the previously mentioned voice match capability, pulling the simplified definitions when it recognizes a child is asking for it.