The Kids Mode in the Microsoft Edge browser makes the internet safer for kids. Here are steps to turn on and use kids mode in the Edge browser.
For the past couple of months, Microsoft is adding a slew of new features to the Edge browser. Edge Vertical Tabs and Edge Startup Boost are a few such features. In the latest Edge v90 update, Microsoft added a new feature called the Kids Mode. As you can tell from the name itself, the Kids Mode is designed specifically for kids to access and browse the internet safely. The Kids Mode places several restrictions and protections to make the kid’s browsing experience safer. Since online learning is becoming popular by the day, making sure your kid is safe from undesirable websites while using the internet is important.
In addition to blocking undesirable websites, the Kids Mode also enables the highest possible tracking protection and Bing SafeSearch filter. The SafeSearch filter will make it so that only kid-friendly results are shown when they search for something. By default, the Kids Mode only allows some 70 odd popular kid-friendly websites. However, you can whitelist specific websites you think are safe. One of the best things about Kids Mode is that the UI and other elements are very kid-friendly with bright colors, simple cartoons, and friendly messages.
In this quickly guide, let me show how to turn on the Kids Mode in Edge browser, and how to configure and use the Kids Mode.
Turn on Kids Mode in Edge Browser
Microsoft made it really easy to enable Kids Mode in the Edge browser. In fact, you won’t even need your kid to sign into their Microsoft account. Follow these steps to turn on Kids Mode in the Edge browser.
- Open the Edge browser.
- Click on the user profile icon at the top-right corner.
- Click “Browse in Kids Mode.”
- Choose the age group of your kid.
- With that, you turned on Kids Mode.
First thing, open the Edge browser. You can do that by clicking on the Edge taskbar icon or by searching for Edge in the Start menu. After opening the browser, click on the “User Profile” icon appearing in the top right corner. Here, click the “Browse in Kids Mode” option and choose the appropriate age group to open Kids Mode in the Edge browser.
That is it. From now on, the Edge Kids Mode is turned on.
Until you manually exit the Kids Mode, the Edge browser will always open in Kids Mode whenever you open it again. When the Kids Mode is active, some keyboard shortcuts are disabled to make sure kids can’t exit Kids Mode accidentally.
To exit the Kids Mode, click on the profile icon and click on “Exit Kids Mode Window.” Once you authenticate, Kids Mode is disabled.
Add websites to Kids Mode
By default, the Edge Kids Mode only allows a handful of websites, depending on the age of the kid. However, there might be times when you need to add a website to the Allowlist. For example, if your kid’s school needs them to access a specific website for online learning, you can add it to the allowlist. Here is how.
- Open the Edge browser.
- Click on the “Menu” (…) icon on the top-right corner.
- Select “Settings” from the list.
- Select the “Family” tab on the sidebar.
- Click on the “Manage allowed sites in Kids Mode.”
- Click on the “Add website” button.
- Type the website address in the field.
- Click the “Ok” button.
- The website is added to the allowlist.
From now on, your kid can access the newly added website in Kids Mode. To remove a website from the allowlist, follow the same steps until step 5 and then click on the “X” icon next to the website.
That is it. It is that simple to turn on Kids Mode in the Microsoft Edge Browser.
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