It is not always possible to give your children special devices with strict parental supervision. If you want to give up your computer for a while, Microsoft Edge̵
What is Microsoft Edge Kids Mode?
Like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge supports multiple user profiles. “Kids Mode” is really just a different user profile, but it has several features specifically designed to make the Internet a safer place for children.
For starters, Kids Mode blocks many of the trackers that websites use for targeted ads. It also defaults to Bing SafeSearch, which blocks 18+ text, images, and videos. Its biggest feature, however, is the limited access to the Internet as a whole.
By default, Kids Mode limits access to about 70 popular, kid-focused websites. Parents can customize this list and add their own favorites. If a child tries to access a website outside of this list, Microsoft Edge will block them.
Child mode has two age categories: 5-8 or 9-12. The older group will get an age-appropriate news feed on the new tab page, which manages articles from MSN for children.
Finally, Kids Mode supports several fun browser themes that kids can choose from. And perhaps more importantly, parental authentication is required to exit child mode.
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How to start the kids mode
Kids mode is available on Microsoft Edge for Windows 10 and macOS. It only takes a few clicks to get started. First, click on your profile icon in the top right corner of the window.
Then select “Browse in Child Mode” from the menu.
If this is your first time to enter Kids Mode, you will be greeted with an introduction. Click on “Get started” to continue.
Now you will be asked to choose the age range for your child. The options are “5-8 years” and “9-12 years.” Select either to continue.
Note: You don’t have to do this every time you start Kids Mode unless you want to (more on that later). From now on, the Kids Mode profile will be opened immediately when you select ‘Browse in Kids Mode’.
Child mode opens in full screen to prevent the child from leaving. Moving the mouse to the top of the screen will display the tabs and address bar. By default, some kids websites have been added to the shortcuts to the new tab page. You or your child can customize the theme in the top right corner of the new tab page.
That is it! Your child is now free to browse the web within the safe limits of Child Mode.
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How to exit Kids mode
To exit Kids Mode, move your mouse to the top of the screen to display the tabs and address bar. Click on the ‘Child mode’ button and select ‘Exit child mode window’.
You will be asked to enter the password or PIN that you use as your Windows or Mac PC administrator.
That is it! You are returned to the normal Microsoft Edge window.
Adjust settings for kids mode
There are several things you as a parent can do to customize the Kids Mode experience. To access these settings, click on the three dot menu icon in the top right corner of the browser window and select ‘Settings’.
In the Settings page, navigate to the “Family” section.
Here you can change in which age category Kids mode starts. If you have multiple kids, you may want Edge to always ask which age range to use when launching Kids mode.
Then click on “Manage allowed sites in child mode” to modify the approved websites.
Click the “X” next to a website to remove it from the list.
Select “Add Website” to add your own website to the list.
Enter the URL in the text box and click ‘Add’.
That’s all! Kids Mode is a useful feature to give your kids their own safe environment in Microsoft Edge. You don’t have to worry (so much) that they can access your stuff or see something they shouldn’t see. However, as always, a little adult supervision is recommended.
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