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Google to debut parental controls on Chrome browser, Chromebooks

Oct. 23, 2013 at 4:06 PM   |   Comments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Google says it's introducing controls for its Chrome browser and Chromebook computers that will provide parents with a "supervised users" feature.

The option, now in beta testing, will allows a parent to configure the Chrome browser running on their device to allow or block access to certain websites, enable SafeSearch for filtering Google search results, and maintain a history of the websites visited, the Mountain View, Calif., company said.

A user of a Chromebook -- on which Chrome is the operating system -- can visit chrome.com/manage to control and edit their children's or other supervised users' accounts, CNET reported.

Building a supervisory feature into the browser itself means parents will not have to research and install third-party solutions, making the sometimes technically daunting process of controlling kids' Internet access somewhat easier.

The Supervised Users setting -- which will appear on a Chromebook's main sign-in screen --will begin rolling out to users this week, Google said.

On computers running the Chrome browser, the feature will be available on Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems, it said.

Topics: Google
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