We learned in February Microsoft was testing a kids mode for its Edge browser – As of today, now Available to English users in the United States. The idea is simple: it gives parents a safer way to browse their teen’s web, without having to worry about stumbling across adult websites or other disturbing content. It’s a full-screen experience, so kids can’t easily switch mouse and apps to the Start menu, and parents need a Windows 10 pin to disable it.
Kids mode seems to be the kind of thing that will compliment every busy dad or mom. According to its own study, Microsoft says that about 50 percent of parents work in a “hands-off situation” the moment you give kids access to a shared device because you’re rushing to finish dinner, answer the door or make a transaction because every day With lots of parental work. To enter kids mode, all you have to do is click on your profile picture at Edge, choose to enable it, and then specify an age range (either 5 to 8, or 9 to 12).
Children will have access to a list of authorized sites as well as Microsoft Bing’s strictest security settings. When children stumble upon a site they want to visit that is not whitelisted they can approve the parent by entering their PIN. Kids can also customize their different browsing experiences, with different themes (some from Disney included) and the ability to adjust their colors. Older kids will have access to age-appropriate news feeds on their new tab screen.
Google offers Chrome own family protection systemHowever, this requires more manual setup as well as creating a Google Account for your child. On the other hand, Edge Kids mode can be enabled in seconds and no additional account is required. This may be more useful for those who don’t have time to look for specific features of browser security or just want to keep their kids connected to their own accounts.
Edge’s kids mode is as useful as listening, though it won’t save kids a bit from going beyond the full screen experience. While testing the feature, I could access the Start menu by pressing the Windows key on my keyboard, which also revealed the entire taskbar. And, if you’re wondering, yes you can also press Alt + Tab or Windows + Tab to switch between applications. I think Edge may not have the ability to lock more windows completely than I do, but I’m sure parents of proxy kids would appreciate some more protection.
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