From bulky desktops to laptops to sleek Chromebooks—technology and innovation has surely come a long way. Chromebooks are way faster and lighter compared to other laptops, and come with a built-in virus protection which makes it secure. It is super simple to use as all you have to do is simply sign in to your Google account and you’re good to go—no setup needed! No wonder why people all around the world love Chromebooks.
Initially, Chromebooks also used to feature built-in parental controls but the latest devices don’t include this functionality anymore. But with a few workarounds you can still enable parental control features on Chromebook.
Google recently introduced a new “Family Link” feature which is basically intended for Android and tablets. But you can use it on Chromebooks as well!
Here’s a quick guide on how to set up parental controls on Chromebooks using Family Link.
Things You Should Know…
Before we proceed any further, here are a few things you should know about using Family Link on Chromebooks.
- You won’t be able to access Google Play Store on Family link accounts.
- Secondly, YouTube will be blocked!
Well yes, that’s pretty odd! If you’re okay about missing Play Store and YouTube on Chromebooks then let’s proceed further.
How to Enable Parental Controls on Chromebooks
The first step of enabling parental controls pretty much stays the same for any service. You have to create a separate Google account for your child. Once you’ve successfully created your child’s account then let’s move to Chromebook.
On your Chromebook, log in with your child’s account by entering username and password which you just created. Chrome OS will then flag the account as child account on Family Link setup.
Now, as parent permissions are needed here you have to enter your credentials to verify you’re a parent.
Next, Google will now brief you about a few important things like we said earlier that Play Store and YouTube won’t be accessible on Family Link. Tap on “Yes” to move further.
Chromebook will now get everything ready and in just a few moments you’ll be logged in to Family Link account.
Tap on “Accept and Continue” button and you’re then good to go!
How to Manage Family Link Settings
You can download the Google Family link app on your smartphone to manage and customize parental control settings of your account. It lets you access to most Google services, while also helping you set certain digital ground rules for Parental Control.
Once the app is installed on your phone, pick your child’s profile, and tap on “Manage Settings” option.
Here you will a bunch of options. Starting with the first which is “Filters on Google Chrome”. This option allows you to set Chrome only to allow specific sites that you pre approved.
The next is “Filters on Google Search” which can be used to keep your child away from any kind of sexually explicit or violent content.
So, in this way you can customize your Family link account and benefit parental control features on your Chromebooks as well.
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