How to Set up Your Chromebook for Kids?
Chromebooks are excellent devices capable of helping in all kinds of remote learning scenarios. The use-cases mainly revolve around Internet use. This makes them appropriate machines kids can use to get their homework done and surf the internet to look up the required information.
If you are looking to pass on your Chromebook to your kids, you will have to set it up securely to make sure they don’t end up misusing the device. Chromebooks, unlike devices running on macOS and Windows, run on Chrome OS. The device supports multiple user accounts and also comes with many security features that we are going to discuss in this post.
We will show you how you can set up your Chromebook to make your kids’ session on it as secure as possible. We will talk about limiting certain activities and sites and show you how to use legit third-party applications for the purpose. So, without wasting any more time, let’s get started!
Enabling Guest Mode For Kids
One of the best ways to ensure that your kids use your Chromebook securely is by creating a guest account for them. All Chromebooks have guest modes that can be enabled if you want someone else to work on your Chromebook for a short interval of time.
Enabling guest mode on your Chromebook will provide your kids access to almost every feature of the machine. However, the moment they log out of the guest mode, their user activity will get wiped out. In other words, their guest mode session is only temporarily stored.
Anyway, your kids can still store their data on the cloud or any external media wall using your Chromebook. If this is not what you are looking for, keep reading cause we have many other ways to security setup your Chromebook for your kids.
Create and Add Your Kid’s Google Account
The next way to securely set up your Chromebook for your kids is to add your child’s Google account. We highly recommend you follow this setup procedure because this is as secure your Chromebook can get.
If you sign out of your Chromebook for a moment, you will find that there is an option to ‘Add Person’ present at the bottom of the screen. Clicking on the option will start a program that will allow you to create a second account on your Chromebook.
The second account will have its own storage space and your kids will be able to log in to the Chromebook as if it is their own. The separate storage space will give them a sense of ownership.
So to create a second account on your Chromebook, you will need to add your kids’ Google account. In case they don’t have one, you will have to create the Google accounts and then follow the procedure to create a second account on the Chromebook.
Google Family Link to Supervise and Secure Your Kid’s Sessions
Although you have provided your kids with their account on the Chromebook, your responsibility as a parent doesn’t end here.
You need to supervise their activities on the device especially if you have kids under 13 years of age. To manage their activities, all you need to do is go to the settings from your child’s account.
In the settings window, click on people tab and then scroll to find the ‘Parental Control’ option. Click the ‘Setup’ button to get started. You will be taken to the ‘Setup Parental Controls with Google family link’ window which will go on to provide you an overview of what activities and settings you can manage.
Click on the ‘Get Started’ button. You will be taken through a few steps before you will be able to select the device you want to manage for your kids. Select the Chromebook and click on ‘Next’.
If you are prompted to sign in, use the Google account you use to login to your Chromebook. Once you have logged in, you will see a complete list of settings and activities that you can manage.
You can manage the applications your kids will use, set up a screen time protocol, and specify the data Google should track when the kids are using your Chromebook. One thing that you should take note of is that your kids can disable the supervision if they are 13 years of age or older.
Once you are done managing the account and applying the restrictions, you will need your kids to enter the password to complete the family link process. They have to enter the password to make sure they understand their account is now being supervised.
The best thing about the Google family link is that you can install the application on your mobile device if you are looking to remotely supervise your child’s activities on the device.
Install Antivirus on Chromebook
Lastly, you will want to install antivirus software to keep your Chromebook from getting attacked by hackers, malware, or ransomware.
The best thing about Chromebooks is that they don’t get viruses. However, the simplicity of the Chrome OS can very much make it a target point for cybercriminals.
You should consider setting up a third-party antivirus software on your Chromebook so that your device is regularly scanned for viruses and threats
It is a great initiative by you to help your kids access the internet and allow them to use the technology to the benefits. However, if you don’t supervise their activities and create restrictions on the device, it will be easier for cybercriminals to attack your personal information. We support your decision to make your Chromebook more secure for your kids. We hope this piece of content helped you to set up your Chromebook to make it kids-friendly!
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