With Google changing the direction towards Google for Families and Family Link, there are features that we used when we secure the Chrome browser that are no longer valid for new users. Features that were available are:
- YouTube Restricted Mode
- Managing search history
- Locking the ability to make changes once these settings are made
Fortunately SafeSearch and YouTube Restricted Mode is still possible. Unfortunately the management of search history is no longer available for new users due to deprecating the supervised user program and replacing with Family Link, which allows you to create a Google Account for your child and manage their browsing experience in Chrome on Android.
This guides explain how to continue to enable SafeSearch and YouTube Restricted Mode to keep your children safe and applies to any browser when you are using Google search and YouTube. And more importantly keeping it locked.
- If you happen to have used supervised users it is recommended to remove the profiles, refer to the appendix at the end of this guide.
- It is recommended to logout of all Chrome users and Google users from within the browser. Therefore when you browse to www.google.com you should not see your name or any of your children’s name(s) in the top right corner.
- Use a single browser per user login. Refer to how to share one computer with your family
Enable and lock SafeSearch
SafeSearch can help you block inappropriate or explicit images from your Google Search results. The SafeSearch filter isn’t 100% accurate, but it helps you avoid most violent and adult content.
- Start your browser
- Enter www.google.com into the address bar
- Click the “Sign In” button in the top right corner
- Sign in with your Google Account as the parent
- In the bottom right, select Settings -> Search Settings
- In the section “SafeSearch Filters” select the checkbox “Turn on SafeSearch”
- Click the “Lock SafeSearch” link
- Click the button “Lock SafeSearch”. Locking SafeSearch sets SafeSearch to use strict filtering and restricts the ability of users to change this preference. Strict filtering filters both explicit text and explicit images from your search results. Learn more
Enable and lock YouTube Restricted Mode
Restricted Mode hides videos that may contain inappropriate content that is flagged by users and other signals. No filter is 100% accurate, but it should help you avoid most inappropriate content. Your Restricted Mode setting will apply to this browser only.
- Select the YouTube Google App or enter www.youtube.com into the browser
- In the left hand menu select “Settings”
- In the bottom footer select “Restricted Mode: Off”
- Select the “On” radio button
- Click the link “Lock Restricted Mode on this browser” (Restricted Mode lock prevents others from changing the Restricted Mode settings on this browser.)
Log out of the Parent Google Account
- Select the top right menu and select Sign Out
SafeSearch and YouTube Restricted Mode in Chrome Browsers on Mobile and Tablet devices
The above steps can also be applied to mobile and tablet devices to enable and lock SafeSearch. There is one little trick:
- Select the settings in the top right corner of the browser
- Select “Request desktop site” from the menu (If the “Request desktop site” is greyed out type a search item in the field and search)
- Continue with the above steps to secure the search in the browser
- By searching for YouTube you will then be able to scroll to the bottom of the browser as per above and lock restricted mode in the browser.
Removing Supervised users from Chrome Browser
- Browse to the managed user and login
- Browse to the childs account and remove
- Browse to the parents account and remove