Sign your child in on their Chromebook

With the Family Link app, you can choose which websites your child can access using Chrome, supervise your child’s app usage and more.

System requirements

Family Link can be used with Chromebooks running Chrome OS versions 71 or higher. Learn more about how to update your Chromebook’s operating system.

How Chromebooks work with your child’s Google Account

Children signed in to their Google Account on a Chromebook have a similar experience to adults. Available features may be updated from time to time, but some of the differences include:

  • Children won’t have access to apps and extensions from the Chrome Web Store.
  • Children can't use incognito mode.
  • Parents can manage the websites that their children can visit on Chrome and limit their children’s ability to grant permissions to websites.
  • If 'try to block mature sites' has been turned on for your child in Family Link settings, Chrome browsing will block most sexually explicit and violent sites.
  • Chrome Sync is required for certain parental management features to work with your child’s Google Account. However, your child can turn off certain kinds of data collection.
  • Your child's Google Activity controls may allow Google to use Chrome browsing history and activity from websites to personalise your child’s experience across Google products and services. However, this information won't be used to personalise ads for children under the age of 13 (or the applicable age in your country).

Add your child’s Google Account

To a new or factory-reset Chromebook
  1. Set up the Chromebook.
  2. Add your child’s Google Account to the Chromebook.

Note: After your child has been signed in to their Chromebook, a parental password is required to add new users.

A Chromebook that’s already set up
  1. Add your child’s Google Account to the Chromebook.
  2. Recommended: If you (the parent) own the Chromebook account, disable guest mode and control who can sign in to your child's Chromebook. If you allow guest mode or the addition of new users, your child may be able to use their Chromebook without the Family Link settings applying.

Manage your child’s experience on a Chromebook

Choose which apps your child can use

You can choose which apps your child can use on their Chromebook and what permissions your child provides to those apps.

Manage your child's browsing on Chrome
  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child's name.
  3. On the 'Settings' card, tap Manage settings and then Filters on Google Chrome.
  4. Choose the setting that’s right for your family:
    • Allow all sites: Your child will be able to visit all sites except the ones that you've blocked.
    • Try to block mature sites: No filter is perfect, but this should help hide sexually explicit and violent sites.
    • Only allow certain sites: Your child will only be able to visit the sites that you've allowed.
  5. Tap Manage sites to allow or block certain sites manually.

Note: You can also manage this setting by clicking your child's name at families.google.com.

Block or allow certain sites

If you block a certain site, your child can ask for parental permission to visit it. You'll receive a notification in the Family Link app, where you can approve or deny their request.

  • Websites: If you block or allow a specific website, such as www.google.com, the permission won't apply to sites that begin or end differently, like www.google.co.uk or get.google.com/tips.
  • Domains: If you block or allow an entire domain, such as google, the permission applies to sites that begin or end differently too, like google.com and images.google.fr.

Block or allow a site

  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child's name.
  3. On the 'Settings' card, tap Manage settings and then Filters on Google Chrome and then Manage sites and then Approved or Blocked.
  4. In the bottom right-hand corner, tap Create Create.
  5. Add a website or domain.
  6. At the top left, tap Close Close.

Note: You can also manage this setting by clicking your child's name at families.google.com.

Change website permission settings

You can decide whether your child can give site permission to websites that they visit, including permission to use location, camera and notifications.

  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child's name.
  3. On the 'Settings' card, tap Manage settings and then Filters on Google Chrome and then Chrome dashboard.
  4. Turn 'Permission for sites and apps' on or off.

Note: You can also manage this setting by clicking your child's name on the Chrome dashboard.

When 'Permission for sites and apps' is off, children won’t be able to grant permission to websites. However, permission that they have already granted will still be in place.

See or delete your child’s Chrome history

See Chrome history

Note: If you added supervision to your child’s previously existing Google Account, you’ll need their help to do this.

  1. On your child's Chromebook, open Chrome Chrome.
  2. At the top right, select More More and then History. This page shows your child's recent Chrome history.
Clear Chrome history and data

Browsing history

  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child's name.
  3. On the 'Settings' card, tap Manage settings and then Filters on Google Chrome and then Chrome dashboard.
  4. In the 'History' section, tap Clear history.

Note: Your child's Google Account might have other kinds of browsing history saved at myactivity.google.com.

Browsing data

You can clear your child's browsing data, such as cookies, saved passwords and auto-fill form data.

If you sync a type of data, deleting it on your computer will delete it everywhere that it's synced. It'll be removed from other devices and your Google Account.

Note: If you added supervision to your child’s previously existing Google Account, you’ll need their help to do this.

  1. On your child's Chromebook, open Chrome Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More.
  3. Click More tools and then Clear browsing data.
  4. Choose a time range, such as last hour or all time.
  5. Select the types of information that you want to remove.
  6. Click Clear data.
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