Parents are advised to monitor their kids’ activities not only at home, school or at picnic but also on the internet. If you are a parent who has been looking for a way to control your child’s internet usage on their Chromebook, Google Family Link can help. The App gives parents the ability to select websites that are safe for their kids to browse using Chrome and the kind of permissions those websites get.
The good news is Family Link is now available on Chromebook, as noted on the Google For Families Help support page. Don’t forget that the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act directs that kids under the age of 13 have to get parental consent before their identity is shared online, Family link will help parents keep tabs on their device usage and what is freely shared without a second thought.
When you Sign in to a Chromebook using a child account created in the Google Family Link app, the following restrictions will apply:
- Children can’t use incognito mode.
- Parents can manage the websites their children can visit on Chrome, and limit their children’s ability to grant permissions to websites.
- As set up in Family Link, by default, Chrome browsing tries to block sexually explicit and violent sites from being shown to children.
- Chrome Sync is required for certain parental management features to work with your child’s Google Account. You can turn off certain kinds of data collection.
- Your child’s Google Activity controls may allow Google to use Chrome browsing history and activity from websites to personalize your child’s experience across Google products and services. However, this info won’t be used to personalize ads