Tech tip: How to keep children safe online while using Microsoft Edge
Written by: Nigel Howle

Did you know that Microsoft Edge has a “kids safe” mode?

Browsing in Kids Mode means your children will only see age appropriate content. Privacy controls allow your children to safely explore the world wide web.

You need to open Microsoft Edge, select your profile and choose Kids Mode.

It doesn’t require a child account or profile.

You don’t have to be signed into the browser, but signing in will allow the Kids Mode settings to sync across your devices.

If this is your first time launching Kids Mode, you’ll see an explanation of what the feature is.

The second step allows you to choose the appropriate age range to launch Kids Mode in.

Children can choose their own themes to personalise Kids Mode. The themes they apply in Kids Mode won’t be applied to your normal browsing windows.

When a child visits a website not on the allow list, they’ll encounter a block page. Once approved, only the specific website link on the block page will be available in the browsing session.

To give permission to browse a blocked page you, as the owner of the device, will need to enter your credentials.

For even greater safety, the Bing SafeSearch has been set to Strict to help filter out inappropriate content from Bing search results.

Kids Mode also uses some of the privacy data settings from the profile of the adult who set it up, such as Windows Defender SmartScreen and diagnostic data settings. Windows Defender SmartScreen automatically blocks websites and content downloads that are reported to be malicious.


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