With young children exposed to online browsing much earlier than the older generation, parents need to supervise the kind of content they see or view on the internet. However, with the frequency of access that they get on computers as well as on phones or tablets, it might become difficult to manually supervise every time a child surfs the internet.
For such reasons, Chrome makes certain provisions on their settings that can help set up parental controls and block out content or websites that would be inappropriate for children.
- Know What Chrome Offers for Child Supervision
There are different settings and services that parents can avail of when one is looking at Google Chrome as default web browser software for family use.
- There are several filter based services and features that are packed in with the web browser, for computers as well as for mobile devices.
- Parental controls can be found on Chrome browser, on Chrome operating system as in Chrome books as well as on the Chrome app for your tablets and phones.
- It is possible to set up supervised user accounts for children.
- Parents can specify certain websites to be blocked out when browsing sessions are on in family computers.
- Browser extensions and web apps that may be harmful can be prevented from being installed in supervised user profiles.
- Search results can be filtered to ensure blocking out of inappropriate content through the feature called Safe Search that Google offers.
- Set up the Supervised Profile on Chrome
This can be done for Windows, Mac OS as well as Linux based computers.
- Click to open the browser.
- The main menu option can be found through the three vertically aligned dots on the upper right-hand corner.
- Clicking on this can provide access to Settings.
- The Settings interface comes on a new tab; if you are signed into your Google account, it would show this as active; if not one can click on the sign in option which involves keying in your Google account username and password.
- Find the section called People; here you can click to add a person.
- A new user interface is now shown; one can choose to add details like name and a picture for the supervised user.
- Add an icon on the desktop by leaving a check mark on creating a desktop shortcut for user.
- Below the setting for creating a shortcut, there is an option to control as well as view websites the person visits.
- Click on the empty box next to this setting and that would designate the account to be supervised.
- There would be a confirmation mail sent to your main email address as well as options for providing further instructions on the supervised account.
- You will be able to manage the details of the new user and manage their browser settings as well.
- Under options to manage a supervised account you can permit access only to certain sites; Safe Search feature can also be activated for them.
The above steps can help configure a Chrome account for a child and supervise the kind of content or sites they browse through this platform.