How to enable kids mode in Microsoft Edge

How to enable kids mode in Microsoft Edge

In this article, we will see how to enable and use child mode in Microsoft Edge to make web browsing child-friendly. Kids Mode on Microsoft Edge allows kids to browse the Internet worry-free.

Microsoft Edge has a "Kids Mode" that allows parents and guardians to choose which websites their children can visit. You can enable kid mode in Microsoft Edge by clicking your profile icon in the top right corner of the app. Microsoft Edge's kid mode is designed for users between the ages of 5 and 12.

The internet can be a scary place, especially for new users. And while it's easy to assume that all kids are tech-savvy, there are still plenty of things parents should be wary of.

If your family uses Microsoft Edge, consider turning on Microsoft Edge's Kids Mode. This new mode is designed to protect children online without making the internet unusable.

Here's how Microsoft Edge's Kids Mode works and how to enable it.

How does Microsoft Edge Kids Mode work?

Enabling Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge triggers a content filter that restricts the sites that can be opened. A few dozen kid-friendly sites are allowed from the start, and any site can be added at any time, but you'll need to enter a password.

It also blocks most site trackers, and while Bing is open, your searches are blocked by the SafeSearch filter which excludes explicit results.

Kids mode is intended for users between the ages of 5 and 12. When you activate it for the first time, you will need to specify how old your child is, a choice that slightly changes the appearance of the app.

Kids mode also works in full screen mode by default and to disable kids mode and return to normal browsing you'll need to enter your computer's password or pin. This makes it difficult to exit the browser without permission.

Here's how to turn on Kids Mode and then exit when you're ready.

How to enable and use Microsoft Edge Kids Mode

Open Microsoft Edge and click your profile icon in the top right corner. In the drop-down menu, click Browse in kids mode .

In the pop-up window that appears, click Start, then select your child's age. The selection of 5 8-years will give you a browser with fewer icons while selecting 9 12-years will add a selection of age-appropriate news articles to the browser home page.

And that's it: Kids mode will take a moment to load and then leave you to browse.

When you want to exit kids mode, click on the icon children's mode in the upper right corner and then on window Exit Kids Mode. A pop-up will appear requesting a password: enter your user account password or PIN to close the window.

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How to add websites to the Child Mode filter

Kids mode includes a preset list of allowed sites. If there's a new website you want to allow your kids to access, here's how to add it.

  1. In Kids mode, go to the website you want to add. You can enter its URL in the address bar or search for it on Bing.
  2. You will see a page that says kids mode "this site cannot be accessed yet". click on Get authorization.
  3. Enter your user account password or PIN in the pop-up that appears.

The website will load and will be added to the allowed sites list. You can see the full list of allowed sites by opening the Microsoft Edge settings page, clicking Family in the sidebar and then selecting Manage allowed sites in Kids mode.

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