Google Chrome offers users almost every feature they want and need, except for solid parental controls. While parents can change a few settings to keep their kids a little safer online, you’ll need extra help to truly lock down Google Chrome so you have full control over what your children can and can’t do online.
Google’s aware of the problem and is currently making plans to add in more parental controls in the future. For now, try one of these three tools so you don’t always have to stand over your child’s shoulder while he’s online.
When you’re finished, close the options window and uncheck the Enable Autofill to fill out web forms in a single click checkbox under Passwords and Forms. This prevents your child from easily logging in to sites you commonly use.
Nanny For Google Chrome
Nanny for Google Chrome is a powerful extension that’s perfect for kids of all ages. It allows you to block certain websites for a specific amount of time. For kids that tend to spend more time playing online than doing homework, this is a perfect solution. You can even block sites during hours when your child typically uses the computer. It also lets you see exactly how long your child spends on individual sites to get an idea of what your child does online.
WebFilter Pro is all about finding and blocking inappropriate websites. You choose categories to block and WebFilter Pro ensures your child never sees sites in those categories. You can even set up alerts to see what sites your child tried to visit that were blocked. For even more control, use the Black List and White List to block or allow specific websites.
TinyFilter is a basic, yet effective parental control extension. One thing I really love about this extension is the password protection so kids can’t easily change settings themselves. The built-in content filtering takes care of most offensive or inappropriate content, but you can customize settings to block specific keywords and sites. While it may seem small, it offers the most powerful set of options of any tool on the list.
Teach Your Child
While your child will likely do his best to get on sites he’s not supposed to, educating your child about online risks is vital to keeping them safer. Using the above extensions is a great way to learn what your child does online so you can better explain what is and isn’t appropriate for their age. The best tool for keeping your child safe online is prevention and these tools give you a little more control when using Google Chrome.