How to set up parental controls for your child’s internet-enabled device –

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Is there a need for parental control on the Internet? Well, maybe. The world is going digital, which is why many children were introduced to the internet at a very young age. This exposes them to a lot of risk; from online abuse to accessing illegal content on the web, etc. There is a great need for guidance at their young age, which means parents and guardians need to put parental controls in place for their wards to keep them safe while on the web.

Most parents introduced their children to the Internet in different ways. Some have tablets for their children, others allow their children to access their (parent’s) device, while others have a dedicated desktop or laptop at home. No matter which group you belong to, you’ve given your child a tool to access the internet, and he can browse just about any app that works with an internet connection.

For the purposes of this first article, we’ll be looking at a few browsers that kids might wander around on; Chrome and Microsoft Edge.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on a Chrome Browser

The Chrome browser does not have parental control functionality built into its software or codes, so you as a parent will need to download the following Chrome extensions on your child’s device or on the home device (to which your child has access):

To use these extensions, copy the URL link provided, paste it into the search tab of your child’s Chrome browser, then download the extension and configure it.

While extensions are essential, they don’t do the job perfectly of protecting children from adult and other content. The Google Family Link app is another great way to set up parental controls on your child’s browser.

Since everyone needs a Google account to use the Chrome browser, the Google Family Link app is the best way to censor the content they see. Download the Google Family link, set up your device as a parent device, and add your child’s Gmail account. Now on your Google Family Link app:

  • Select your child.
  • Select manage settings, then Google Chrome.
  • From there, you have three options, the first being to allow all sites (which isn’t ideal), the second is to block explicit sites, and the third is to only allow approved sites.

The second and third options are the way to go. But if you opt for the third option, you must take the next very important steps.

  • Tap manage settings, then Google Chrome, and finally manage sites. From here you can block specific websites or domains.
  • Blocking a website is different from blocking a domain. If you block a website, for example www.facebook.com, you only block that website. But if you block a domain that is the name of the website, for example Facebook, you block any other website affiliated with that name.
  • Now enter the name of the website or domain and block access to these harmful sites for your child.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Microsoft Edge

Since Microsoft Edge is a more popular browser on Windows laptop or desktop, it is essential to set up parental controls on it.

  • Open a Hotmail or Outlook account for your child from your system, then visit family.microsoft.com and sign in to your account. Find your child’s Hotmail or Outlook account, if you don’t see their account, add it by tapping the plus sign at the top of the screen next to your account icon. Next, tap the More button next to your child’s account and select Content Restriction from the drop-down list of options.
  • Find web browsing and enable the slider under “Block inappropriate websites”. After that, you will also need to restrict your child’s access to certain games and apps. To do this, configure your child’s age, scroll down until you find the apps, games and media section. Enable the slider under “block inappropriate apps, games and media”, then set your child’s age.

Once you are done with these settings, your child will not be able to use any other browser on the laptop or desktop other than Microsoft Edge. But what about your personal laptop? How can you prevent your child from accessing harmful content while browsing on your laptop?

Enable Microsoft Edge Kids mode

Activate Microsoft Kids Mode, it is a navigation option present on the Microsoft Edge browser. It is designed for children between the ages of 5 and 12 and, unlike a traditional browser, this browsing option filters content and limits access to certain websites. Once enabled, all searches performed are locked under Safe Search, which means adult content and the likes cannot be accessed.

To enable Kids Mode, follow these steps:

  • Open Microsoft Edge.
  • Click on your profile picture and select “kid mode browser” from the drop-down options.
  • Select your child’s age range, 5-8 or 9-12. Each age group has a different browser configuration.
  • Now you can pass your laptop to your child and make sure they can’t access any harmful content.
  • To exit kids mode, you will need your password. This password is your account password, so try to keep it out of your child’s reach.

While we can ensure that giving children Internet-enabled gadgets and devices exposes them to what their Western counterparts are also exposed to, we must also take responsibility for their online safety at all times. Supervising your child’s access to the Internet is not a control. In fact, it will help them establish good values ​​about what content is good or bad. Plus, talking to your kids about topics like online safety and etiquette can help build better kids for the future!

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