Google has provided tools for parents and guardians to purchase restriction their children earn on the Play Store using the family payment method. The company is currently rolling out an additional feature that allows kids to submit purchase requests for approval by the family account manager when no current payment method is available.
Children can request approval of both paid apps and in-app purchases when the family hasn’t set up a payment method. Once the family manager receives this request via a notification (or in their request queue), they can use their own payment methods, including Google Play gift cards, to Approve the request and make the purchase. Managers can view these requests in the history and pending tabs.
This method works best when you want complete control over your children’s shopping and household spending. You can see all the apps and in-app purchases your kids are interacting with and reject apps that you think are harmful — or unnecessary for any reason.
Google has introduced a number of changes in recent months to better monitor how children interact with its services. In October, the company launched redesigned Family Link app with prominent tabs, controls and positions along with granting it the web version. Last month, it announced policy adjustments to the Play Storemakes the requirements for an app certified as a “children’s” app stricter.