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Google to debut parental controls on Chrome browser, Chromebooks

Oct. 23, 2013 at 4:06 PM

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.

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