How to Set Up Parental Controls in Google Chrome

There are several options for implementing parental controls in Google Chrome. In this post, we will see how to set up parental controls in google chrome.

You can create a custom profile for your child, enable Google Family Link, enable SafeSearch, or enable safe browsing, depending on the circumstances.

1. Make a Chrome Profile for Your Child

If your child will only be using your laptop or desktop to access the Internet, you can create a custom profile for them so that you can monitor their browsing history and ensure they aren’t accessing inappropriate content.

Follow these steps to create a profile for your child in Google Chrome:

1. Launch the Chrome browser.

2. In the top-right corner, click the Profile icon

3. Scroll down to the “Other Profiles” section and click “Add.”

4. You will be given the option of signing in with your Google account or creating a profile without a Google account. You can sign in for your child if they have their own Google account. 

Alternatively, select “Continue without an account.”

5. If you choose to create a new profile without a Google account, you must give the profile a name, select a color theme, and upload a profile photo (if desired).

6. After entering this information, click “Done.”

The new profile will now be available in the browser’s top-right corner.

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2. Enable Chrome Parental Controls and Family Link

If your child will be accessing the Internet on his or her own device or logging in on multiple devices, you may simply want to set up Google Family Link so that you can monitor their activity and keep them safe. This is especially useful if your child will be using a portable device such as a tablet or smartphone.

Follow these steps to set up Google Family Link:

1. On your device, install the Google Family Link app. Follow the instructions to make the device the parent account.

2. On your child’s device, install the Google Family Link app.

3. The app will prompt you to select whether this is the device you want to monitor. Choose “This device.”

4. Select your child’s Google Account to supervise or create one for them.

5. When prompted, enter the code from your device. This will associate your child’s account with yours.

Simply follow a few more prompts from here to agree to the supervision and have your child’s Google account “Join” the Family Link profile.

You will be able to see your child’s activity on their mobile device as well as any computers where they log in with their Google account once their Google account is linked.

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3. Turn on SafeSearch.

Although creating a profile or Google account for your child will allow you to monitor their online activity, enabling SafeSearch is the simplest way to ensure your child’s online safety.

If you’re unfamiliar with SafeSearch, it’s a built-in feature that essentially blocks inappropriate or explicit Google search results. While this will obviously not prevent your child from getting into everything, it will go a long way toward preventing them from clicking on something they shouldn’t.

To enable SafeSearch in Google Chrome, do the following:

  1. Navigate to Preferences in Chrome.
  2. “SafeSearch Filters” will be the first item on the list. Simply check the box next to “Turn on SafeSearch” to enable SafeSearch.

4. Turn on Safe Browsing in Chrome.

While SafeSearch can help prevent inappropriate content from appearing in your child’s Google searches, it cannot protect your child from hacking or malicious websites. Fortunately, you can enable “Safe Browsing” to assist with these issues.

To activate “Safe Browsing.”

  1. Click the three dots in the top-right corner of Chrome.
  2. Click “Settings” when the menu appears.
  3. From the settings screen, click on “Security and Privacy” on the left side of the screen.
  4. Click “Security” from the list in the center of the screen.
  5. You can choose between “Standard protection” (the default) and “Enhanced protection.” Change this to “Enhanced protection.”

Checking Your Child’s Browsing History

If you’ve created a Chrome profile for your child, you can easily view their browsing history by following these steps:

1. Open Chrome and select the profile option in the top-right corner.

2. Scroll down to your child’s profile and click on it.

3. When the window appears, click the three dots in the upper right corner.

4. Scroll down to the “History” section. You can easily view the most recently opened tabs from here, or you can click “History” again.

5. If “Sync” is enabled, this menu will show you your child’s browsing history on the device you’re on, as well as any other devices where their Google account is logged in.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is it possible to block websites in Chrome?

While there are no settings in Chrome that allow parents to easily block websites, you can download Chrome extensions (such as BlockSite and Simple Blocker) that allow you to block websites. You can also use Google Family Link to block websites (if enabled).

2. Can I prevent my child from deleting their Chrome browser history?

Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent a user from deleting their browser history from Chrome directly. However, if you use a third-party parental control app or Google Family Link, you can set preferences to prevent browser history deletion.

3. Can I see what my child does when he or she is in incognito mode?

You cannot monitor anything in incognito mode unless you install software that records keystrokes or screen activity.

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