Securing web browsing for your child (Google Chrome)


Desktop / Saturday, March 4th, 2017

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UPDATE

This document is no longer current, refer to the update from Google:

We’re writing to you because you created a Chrome Supervised User in the past. Since we launched Chrome Supervised Users in beta preview over four years ago, Chrome and the way we use computing devices have evolved significantly. We’ve learned a lot in these four years, and heard feedback about how we can improve the experience for you and your children. Based on this feedback, we are working on a new set of supervision features specifically for the needs of families to launch later this year.

As we evolve our new set of supervision features, we will be deprecating the current supervised user program. Starting 12 January 2018, you will no longer be able to create or re-import supervised users. You will be able to use existing Chrome Supervised Users on Chromebooks, Windows, Mac and Linux. Starting 15 January 2018, remote supervision at chrome.com/manage will no longer be available and you will not be able to change browsing restrictions for existing supervised users. The list of supervised users that you currently manage can be found at chrome.com/manage.

If you’re interested in supervised usage of the web browsing experience for your child, Google recently launched Family Link*, which allows you to create a Google Account for your child and manage their browsing experience in Chrome on Android. Learn more here.

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Google provides a comprehensive site called Google Safety Center which is well worth the visit. If you are using Google’s Chrome web browser,  this article will explain how you can secure it for your child’s use. The Google feature still in BETA but this is the case for a lot of Googles products.

Benefits

  • Allows Parents to manage the websites the child visits.
  • lists every website they visit and allow you to block or allow specific sites.
  • Turns on SafeSearch by default (this can be disabled if the Parent chooses to)
  • It automatically enables YouTube Restricted Mode. Enabling this setting allows you to specify that you do not want to see potentially objectionable content on YouTube.

Prerequisites

Creating a supervised Chrome profile for your child

  1. Login to the computer as the child or person you are needing to secure browsing for. (refer to How to share one computer with your family if you are still using one login for your family)
  2. Open Chrome (Install Chrome by following these instructions)
  3. Sign in to Chrome as the Parent
  4. You will now see the parents name at the top right, click the button with the parents name and select “Manage People”
  5. In the bottom right click “ADD PERSON”
  6. Type the first name of the child and select a photo
  7. Check the box next to “Supervise this person to control and view the websites they visit from your Google Account.”
    1. Click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
    2. Select your account.
  8. Optional: If you want to reuse settings from another supervised profile, click Import an existing supervised user. This is recommend if you have already followed these steps on another computer as you can simply select the child from the list.
    1. Select the child’s name
    2. Click “IMPORT SUPERVISED USER”
  9. Click Save.
  10. This will open the browser with the “<child name> (Supervised)” in the top right corner
  11. Logout of the Parents Chrome login. (You don’t want your child to be using your login;-))
    1. Select the “<child name> (Supervised)” in the top right corner and switch to the Parents login
    2. Select the Parents name in the top right corner and select “Exit and child lock”
  12. Close and exist Chrome
  13. Start Chrome again and ensure you can see the “<child name> (Supervised)” in the top right corner

Next Steps

  • Supervise your child’s browsing by visiting https://www.chrome.com/manage/
  • There is a guide when you login to the above link to take a tour of the features. This is recommended to get familiar with how to use it.

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