Google Testing Parental Controls in Beta Chrome Browser
The new beta Chrome browser tools will allow parents to set limits on their youngsters by designating them as "supervised users."Google's latest beta Chrome Web browser includes settings that now allow parents to designate their youngsters as "supervised users" so they can oversee their browsing and other online activities. The new capabilities are included in the latest beta Chrome browser version, which is being refined as an eventual stable release of the open-source Web browser. "As someone who has helped numerous family members get online for the first time, I know how rewarding it can be," Pam Greene, a Google Chrome team software engineer, wrote in an Oct. 22 post on the Google Chrome Blog. "I enjoy sitting down with my daughter, watching her eyes light up at new favorites we find together on the Web. Like many of you, I also find it important to keep family members protected from Websites that may be inappropriate. To help those who may need some guidance browsing the Web, we're kicking off a beta channel preview of a new feature called supervised users." The new beta feature will make it easier for owners of Chromebooks and other devices that can run Chrome browsers to share them with their children, who can be set up with their own parent-overseen user accounts, wrote Greene. "This means once you've created a supervised user for [the child] on your Chromebook, you'll be able to visit chrome.com/manage to review a history of Web pages he has visited, determine sites that you want to allow or block, and manage permissions for any blocked Websites he has requested to view."
The new beta feature is now available to be tried out on Chromebooks as well as on Windows, Mac and Linux machines, wrote Greene. "We hope this new feature helps you share Chromebooks [and other devices] with everyone in your family."