Wondering how to keep your kids safe while using a smart speaker? The safety options are a bit limited on Google Home, but there are a few things you can do.

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You’re a parent with a Google Home device, and kids who are smart enough to know how to ask the Google Assistant all sorts of questions. But what happens when they request media content you’d rather they not see?

Thankfully, there are some limited parental controls on the platform, which block explicit content, mainly from Google’s own services such as YouTube, YouTube Music, and Google Play Music. For example, you can ask for and control video playback via a Chromecast or a linked smart TV using your voice. Linked services like Pandora and Spotify can also be made less explicit, but not via Google Home.

Here’s how to lock down Google Home as much as possible. Just go into this knowing one simple fact about 21st century parenting: there’s always a workaround, and the kids will figure out long before you do.

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