How to Set Parental Controls on a Google Chrome Browser

To set parental controls on Chrome, you can turn on SafeSearch, which filters explicit results out of Google searches. For more parental controls, you can also set up Google Family Link to monitor and limit screen time.  Google Chrome offers several ways to create a safe online experience for kids with its parental controls. Here’s what you need to know to use them.

How to set parental controls on Google Chrome

The easiest way to quickly set up a safe online experience is by turning on SafeSearch.  While signed into your own Google account, you can do this by going to google.com/preferences.  There, click the box beside “Turn on SafeSearch” and then scroll to the bottom of the page and save. Most explicit results will now be filtered out of Google searches.  SafeSearch only applies to Google search, and will not protect against typing in websites or clicking on links from other sources.  Steven John/Business Insider

Google Family Link

The most comprehensive way to keep your kid safe when using Chrome is to set up Google Family Link and create an account (or link an existing Gmail account) to the managed plan.  You can download Family Link onto an iPhone or an Android device, and then go through the setup that will be shared with you step-by-step once you launch the app.  Once in place, Google Family Link will let you manage the apps your child can use, limit screen time (and even lock the device as needed), limit and view web activity, and track the physical location of their phone or a Chromebook.

How to block specific websites on Google Chrome

You used to be able to set up a supervised Google account to control and supervise what your kids could access through a Chrome browser, but Google has since done away with the feature in favor of Google Family Link.  However, if you’re just looking to block your kids from accessing certain websites, you can do so easily with a Chrome extension. For more information, read our article “How to block websites on Google Chrome using a simple extension.”

The information for this post was taken from an article by Steven John in Business Insider, follow this link for more details and links to help you protect your child.