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Chrome & your child's Google Account

When your child 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 children as it is for adults. There are only a few things that are different for children, for example:

  • Children can't use incognito mode, or sign out of Chrome.
  • Parents can manage the sites their children 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 child'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 child's activity on Chrome

Choose your child's Chrome website restrictions
  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  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 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 child 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 child's name at families.google.com.

Block or allow certain sites

If you block a certain site, your child 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 child.
  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 child's name at families.google.com.

Change website permission settings

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

  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  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 child's name on the Chrome dashboard

When "Permissions for sites and apps" is off, children 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 child's Chrome history

See Chrome history

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

Delete Chrome history & data

Browsing history

  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  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, like cookies, saved passwords, and autofill form data. 

  1. On your child'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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