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Worried about your child’s browsing? Microsoft Edge offers a ‘Kids Mode’!

If most of Indian parent weren’t already worried about their kids’ interaction with the ‘world wild web’, the pandemic further aggravated the problem. Many had to buy new personal devices for their kids to enable them to attend live classes, create and submit assignments, and what not! Lewd remarks on forums, saucy images in advertisements, adult videos on YouTube, it’s everywhere! And there is no restriction to access as such. You can either train for a good reaction time to cover your child’s eyes with your hands and protect him from harm, or let him be on his own. Solving the problem, Microsoft Edge is here with a Kids Mode!

How to activate Kids Mode?

Since Microsoft Edge is pre-installed on any Windows machine, it’s no hassle. You simply need to click on your account profile in the upper right corner of Edge and select “Browse in Kids Mode.” The browser will even ask you for the appropriate age range for your child, either 5-6, or 9-12/

Animation of setting up Kids Mode

The Focus on Privacy

The browser defaults both age groups (as shown above), to the strictest tracking prevention level. It blocks the majority of trackers for maximum privacy and minimum personalized ads. What’s more, the browser even sets the Bing search engine to SafeSearch, ensuring that adult text, images, and videos are blocked from your kids’ online searches.

Access Control

The browser even allows a fully customizable list of websites. If your kid tries to navigate to a site outside of that allowed list, they will reach a block page, asking them to either ask for permission or to navigate elsewhere.

To disable the kids mode, the parent’s authentication will be required.

You can read more about the kids mode here.

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Rohit Ranjan Praveer

Rohit is a practicing advocate at Delhi. Beginning as a tech enthusiast, Rohit always had a keen interest in computer forensics and information security. Building upon these fundamentals, he has undertaken extensive research on various techno-legal topics and continues his pursuit pass on valuable information to the masses, with a zeal to build something that outlasts him.​

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