Update: A flag to enable this feature has been added to the Canary version of Chrome OS.
“Enable Family Link managed accounts and EDU accounts coexistence: Allows Family Link managed users to add secondary EDU accounts. – Chrome OS#enable-edu-coexistence“
If you search Family Link on Google’s official Chromebook forum, you will find many threads similar to this one. Parents are unable to add school accounts to Chromebooks managed by Google’s own Family Link. A set of code changes that the Chrome OS team added today points to in incoming solution.
It took a digging and a lot of help from our Chromebook Expert-friends to figure out what is happening here. To quote one of the frustrated parents on the Chromebook forum:
“But I’m wondering if the Chrome forum might also help. Parents are struggling with their personal Chromebooks. If a parent uses Family Link for an <13 child, the Chromebook won’t allow other accounts, e.g., School Google accounts, to be accessed on the Chromebook. The opposite is also true -> if logged in with a School Google account, Family Link parental controls aren’t applied.”
Chromebook Experts on the forum are currently telling users that accounts managed by schools are not compatible with Chromebooks managed using Family Link. This is about to change.
According to a series of code change requests that we spotted today, Google is adding a new login flow for school accounts on Family Link-managed Chromebooks.
This will introduce a new option for students to request their parents’ approval to add a new school account to a Chromebook:
“Ask a parent to sign-in to give you permission to add a school account”
Parents will see the following message:
“Your child wants to add another Google account to this device. Only G Suite for Education accounts may be added to Family Link managed devices.”
The screen will also tell parents that:
“Your Family Link parent settings will still apply. If you’ve previously blocked an app or site, you won’t have to do it again.”
“You child’s data in Classroom will be protected”
This feature will soon be available on the experimental versions of Chrome OS. From there, it will eventually make it to the Stable version of Chrome OS. If you are a parent eagerly waiting for this option for your kid’s Chromebook, say hello in the comments section.