How to set up parental controls on your child’s Chromebook

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Whether you’re concerned your child is spending too much time online or using Android apps when they should be studying. Setting up parental controls on their Chromebook gives you the controls you need. It uses Google’s Family Link and is a powerful tool to give you peace of mind and keep your children safe at the same time.

Google’s Family link gives you control of your child’s Google Account. You need a Google account to use a Chromebook, so they’ll already have one of these. It gives you the ability to limit the type of website they can visit. You can also limit the type of Android apps they can download and use.

Not only can you limit the type of websites they can visit. You can also limit the type of permissions they allow websites to set. Private mode browsing is not allowed on a child’s account. However, this does not mean you can see your child’s internet browsing history.

Setting up parental controls on the Chromebook

To set up parental controls follow the below instructions:

  • Click on the time at the bottom right of the desktop
  • Click on the settings cog
  • Click on accounts from the Settings menu
  • On the right hand side click ‘set up‘ under the heading parental controls

You’ll then see a screen similar to the one below.

Parental Controls Chromebook
A screen similar to the above will be visible on your Chromebook

Initial settings

Your child’s account will need to be logged into the Chromebook you want to protect when initially setting up parental controls. During the process, you’ll link your child’s Google Account with your Google account. This is done via Family Link and is all part of the process.

You’ll be able to review the Android Apps that may already be installed on your child’s Chromebook. If your child has an Android phone setting up parental controls will also control what they can do on their phone in the same way.

When setting up parental controls you should see a list of all the Chrome OS and Android devices linked to your child’s Google Account. You need to ensure all devices are shown on the list. As long as all the devices are showing. When your child uses any of these devices they will be subject to the controls you’ve set.

Once you’ve setup parental controls

The good news is once you’ve set up parental controls. You can then monitor and set further controls remotely. You’ll no longer need access to your child’s Chromebook after the initial setup.

Whenever your child tries to install an Android App. You can decide whether to approve or deny each app individually. This will give you all the control you need when it comes to your child using Android Apps.

If you’re concerned about the amount of time your child spends online. You can limit the screen time on any device you have control of. You will also have the ability to block or allow websites your child visits.

Summary

It’s important to note your child will need to agree to this. To set up parental controls both you and your child will have to agree. This is done by their Google password being entered.

Keeping your children safe when surfing online is very important. Parental controls allow you to introduce your children to the internet whilst keeping them safe. Once the initial setup is complete you’ll feel more confident in allowing your child or children to surf the internet.

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