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Microsoft Edge Browser Releasing Kids Mode For Safety And Security

By March 3, 2021May 11th, 2022Cybersecurity

If you have children, you probably know all about setting up parental controls. It’s annoying. It can be time consuming, and not to mention more than a little frustrating. Fortunately, Microsoft has an answer for that.

Recently, the development team has been hard at work putting a “Kids Mode” together that’s built into the browser.

It’s a simple, but surprisingly robust and effective solution to a problem you may not have realized that you had. Let’s face it, sometimes, you want to share your phone or PC with your child. Without kid-friendly filters built into the browser, the only viable solution would be to stop what you’re doing and set up parental controls on your own computer, then create a new profile for your child to use.

With this new browser functionality, you won’t have to bother with any of that. “Kid Friendly Mode” actually has two options. One that’s designed for children between the ages of 5-8, and another mode optimized for kids between the ages of 9-12.

While the particulars vary slightly between the two, both automatically utilize full screen mode displaying a family friendly background, and both include Bing SafeSearch auto-activated and quick links to popular kid-friendly sites.

Best of all, in order to exit Kids Mode, a parent would need to re-enter their password, so your child won’t be able to get around the friendly environment without your permission.

At present, the new feature is only available in Edge Canary, but will be rolling out to the Edge Dev channel in the weeks ahead. Even so, it’s well worth taking a look at the Canary build to get a sneak peek at the capabilities of the new feature. Kudos to Microsoft for this development. We expect that Google and Apple will be following suit before long. It’s a great addition.

Chris Forte

Chris Forte, President and CEO of Olmec Systems, has been in the MSP workspace for the past 25 years. Chris earned his Master’s Degree from West Virginia University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He was a past member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a current member of the New Jersey Power Partners and Executive Association of New Jersey, where he has previously served on its board of directors. In his spare time, Chris enjoys traveling with his family. He also admits to being a struggling golfer and avid watcher of college football and basketball. He currently lives in Boonton Township, NJ with his wife, two daughters, son, and black lab Luna.