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Chrome & your kid's Google Account

When your kid has a Google Account, they can use Google Chrome on their Android device.

How Chrome works on Android

For the most part, Chrome will be the same for kids as it is for adults. There are only a few things that are different for kids, for example:

  • Kids can't use incognito mode, or sign out of Chrome.
  • Parents can manage the sites their kids can visit on Chrome, and some site permissions.
  • By default, Chrome tries to block sexually explicit and violent sites.
  • Chrome Sync is required for certain parental management features to work, so it can't be turned off completely. However, you can turn off certain kinds of data collection.
  • Your kid's Google Activity controls might allow Google to use Chrome browsing history and activity from websites to personalize their experience across Google products and services. However, this information won't be used to personalize ads. 

Manage your kid's activity on Chrome

Choose your kid's Chrome website restrictions
  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your kid.
  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 kid will be able to visit all sites, except the ones you block.
    • Try to block mature sites: No filter is perfect, but this should help hide sexually explicit and violent sites. 
    • Only allow certain sites: Your kid will only be able to visit the sites you allow.
  5. Tap Manage sites to allow or block certain sites.

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

Block or allow certain sites

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

  • Websites: If you block or allow specific website, like 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, like 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 kid.
  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 corner, click Create Create.
  5. Add a website or domain.
  6. In the top left, click Close Close.

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

Change website permission settings

You can decide whether your kid can give permissions to websites they visit, including location, camera, and notifications.

  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your kid.
  3. On the "Settings" card, tap Manage Settings and then Filters on Google Chrome and then Chrome dashboard.
  4. Turn "Permissions for sites and apps" on or off.

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

When "Permissions for sites and apps" is off, kids shouldn't be able to give permissions to websites in the future. However, permissions they already granted will still be in place.

See or delete your kid’s Chrome history

See your kid's Chrome history

  1. On your kid's device, open the Chrome app Chrome.
  2. In the top right, tap More More and then History. This page shows your kid's recent Chrome history.

Delete your kid's Chrome history & data

Browsing history

  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your kid.
  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 kid's Google Account might have other kinds of browsing history saved at myactivity.google.com

Browsing data

You can clear your kid's browsing data, like cookies, saved passwords, and autofill form data. 

  1. On your kid's device, open the Chrome app Chrome.
  2. In the top right, tap More More and then History
  3. At the bottom, tap Clear browsing data.
  4. Check the boxes next to the type of browsing data you want to remove.
  5. Tap Clear data.
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