Parental Controls on Google Chrome: The Google Chrome browser has a parental control feature, which is carried out through the management of a controlled profile. When using such parental controls in the browser, you will be able to control your child’s behavior on the Internet.
You can block access to all sites, except for sites included in the so-called “white list”, or block access to only some sites by compiling a list of undesirable resources on the Internet. So you will exercise parental control on the Internet.
Although the Parental Controls feature is intended to be used to control parents of their children, you can use a controlled profile for other purposes, such as preventing your employees from accessing certain sites in the workplace.
This article will discuss the parental control function in the browser, such a function is also available in many programs, for example, in the Adguard program . In addition to parental control, when using this program, you will forget about annoying ads on the pages of sites on the Internet.
To implement parental control, you will need to create a new profile in the Google Chrome browser, and then the created profile will need to be made controlled.
Create a monitored profile
To do this, you will first need to sign in to your Google account. Then you will need to enter the browser settings by clicking on the “Customize and manage Google Chrome” button, and select the “Settings” item in the context menu.
This will open the “Settings” window. In this window, in the “Users” section, you will need to add a new user by clicking on the “Add new user” button.
The Create User Account window opens. In this window, you will first need to select an image and a name for the new user. Then you should activate the item “Controlled profile managed by the user firstname.lastname@example.org”, and then click on the “Create” button.
By default, the item “Create a shortcut for this profile on the desktop” is enabled. After creating a new profile, from this shortcut it will be possible to launch a controlled profile of the Google Chrome browser.
Next, a window will open in which you are notified that a new monitored profile has been created. A notification will be sent to your email inbox about the creation of the profile and how to use it. Click on the “Finish” button in this window.
Now it will be possible to launch a browser with a controlled profile from a shortcut on the Desktop. A notification will be placed in the upper left corner stating that this profile is monitored.
For a supervised profile that is under Chrome’s parental controls, the SafeSearch feature is enabled by default. When entering certain queries in the Google Chrome browser, search results will not be displayed.
For example, after entering the popular query “porn”, the browser showed nothing in the results of the search engine. This page says that the word “porn” was ignored because “Google Safe Search” was enabled.
Parental Control Settings
In order to enter the settings of the created supervised profile, you will need to log in to the Google Chrome browser using the user account that created this supervised profile. Next, you will need to enter the browser settings, and on the “Settings” page, in the “Users” section, click on the link “Profile control panel”. After authorization, a page will open where you can configure access rights to sites on the Internet.
The page for managing a monitored profile is located at www.chrome.com/manager.
In the “Requests” section, you can approve or deny access rights to specific sites. A user with a controlled profile can request access to a specific site. You can allow access to a blocked site by confirming its request, or, conversely, reject the user’s request.
The “Statistics” section contains data about web browsing. Here you will see which sites the child visited, how many times these sites were visited, and what time these visits were.
To further configure parental controls, you will need to click on the “Settings” button.
In the “Access settings” window that opens, in the “Allow” section, you will need to select the order of access to sites. Here you can choose two ways to block sites.
- “Any sites” – all sites will be available, except for blocked sites.
- “Only allowed sites” – only those sites that have been included in the “white list” will be available.
If you select the setting – “Any sites”, you will need to add unwanted sites to the list of blocked sites. After adding the site to the blocked list, in the “Action” section, you will need to select one of the items:
- “Block domain and subdomains.”
- “Allow some subdomains.”
- “Block this domain only.”
By selecting these items, you can configure access rules for a specific domain and its subdomains by selecting the required option for this.
You will need to add sites without specifying the protocol (http://) before the site name. To do this, you will need to perform the following actions – first copy the site address, and then paste the address into the “Specify site” field. Next, remove the protocol name (http://) and other slashes (slash) from the site address.
When exercising parental control in the browser, you can change the list of blocked or allowed sites by deleting from the list, or adding new sites to the list.
The second option – only “Allowed Sites”, is a stricter option for parental controls on Google Chrome browser. For a child or other controlled user, only authorized sites will be accessible. The list of such sites may be expanded upon request for permission.
In this image, you can see that permission is required to enter the web page, in this case mine, as the person who exercises parental controls on the browser. For permission to visit this web page, you will need to click on the “Request a visit” button.
On the “Access settings” page, in the “Allow” section, select “Only allowed sites”, and in the “Allowed sites” section add the addresses of allowed sites. By choosing for each in the “Actions” section certain access rules.
- “Allow domain and subdomains”.
- “Block some subdomains.”
- “Only allow the specified address.”
Using Parental Controls on Google Chrome
When you try to enter the social network site VKontakte (vk.com), if access to this site is not allowed, you will see that the page will be blocked. To access a blocked page, you can request permission by clicking on the “Request permission” button. Otherwise, the user will have to return to the previous page of the browser, because this page was blocked by the parental control function in Google Chrome.
On the monitored profile page, in the “Requests” section, you will see a request with the name of the site, in this case, the VKontakte site.
You can allow or deny this request by clicking on the “Allow” or “Reject” buttons.
If you allow this request, then the user will be able to access all sites on vk.com.
From the “Statistics” section, you can also regulate access rights to sites. Depending on the selected access rights: “any sites” or “only allowed sites”, you can allow or block a specific site. To do this, you first need to highlight the domain name, and then click on the appropriate button.
Parental control on Google Chrome browser, when using a controlled profile, allows you to restrict access to sites on the Internet. Parental controls on Chrome allow you to control your child’s behavior as they travel around the world wide web.