For parents trying to do the right thing and monitor their children’s Google accounts within the rules it can often be a frustrating experience. Google sets arbitrary rules about what apps as a parent you’re allowed to authorise, regardless of your own decision making.
One such restriction is that user under 13 can not access any YouTube app or service except YouTube kids. This means that if you have a family subscription plan to Google Play music when you are forced to migrate over to YouTube Music in a few months your children will lose access to music until their 13th birthday.
May users have expressed their frustration at the situation in a Google Support thread with seemingly no response of plan for Google. With Google killing off Google Play Music by December this doesn’t give a lot of time for Google to solve the problem.
If you have a family subscription to Google Play Music and want to maintain access for your children your choices are limited, either lie about their age to Google, which is a violation of the terms of service, or switch to another service. This is just another example of how Google’s plan to migrate their music offering onto a single platform seems tone deaf to those who have used their service the longest.