The Complete Guide to Online Parental Controls

Updated: Apr 19

Get step-by-step instructions on how to set up parental controls on almost any device.

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The Complete Guide to Online Parental Controls

Keeping children safe in an increasingly digital world is a difficult task for any parent. Without the proper controls, kids can be exposed to a number of threats while taking part in activities online. In 2019, the FBI estimated that an average of 625,000 sexual predators are active online every single day. Equally as terrifying, identity thieves specifically target millions of children each year. However your child spends time online, it’s important to set up appropriate parental restrictions to protect them. While these controls can never be 100% effective, they allow you to monitor your children’s digital habits and stop cybercriminals from ever contacting them.

With an ever growing list of devices and apps children use, it can be very time-consuming to try and figure out how to secure them all. This article will provide you with the ultimate list of instructions for each device and online platform so you can shield your children from harm quickly and effectively.


Contents:

Streaming Services:

Social Media:

Phones, Tablets, & Computers:

Video Games:

Smart TVs:

Internet Browsers:

Hide Inappropriate Content on Popular Streaming Services

Netflix

Netflix is one of the few streaming platforms that allows extensive restrictions to be applied to underage profiles. The first step for controlling what shows are available to your children is to create their accounts using the Netflix Kids option. This can be turned on by ticking the “Kids” option when setting up a regular account.

Netflix Kids automatically restricts inappropriate content from selected profiles and prevents children and teens from applying any changes to the settings. You also have the option of applying additional controls.

Manage the Autoplay Feature and Maturity Restrictions on Netflix Kids Profiles:

  1. Open the Netflix app and press “Manage Accounts.”

  2. Choose the account you’d like to modify by pressing the pencil icon on its image.

  3. Turn off the autoplay by unticking “Autoplay Next Episode in a Series on All Devices.”

  4. Kids accounts will automatically have their viewing restrictions set to “T,” which stands for “Suitable for all ages.” However, you may want to change the restrictions for teenagers. Pressing “Edit” will take you directly to the Netflix website.

  5. Enter your password and press “Continue.”

  6. Use the slider to set up the highest age restriction. You can also set a list of blocked titles using the text bar underneath.

  7. Tap “Save” to authorize all the changes.

Finally, Netflix allows you to secure certain profiles with a 4-digit PIN code. This will prevent your children from accessing accounts with high maturity ratings. However, you can only set it up through Netflix’s official website.

Secure Adult Accounts with a PIN Code:

  1. Log in to your Netflix account and scroll down to “Profile & Parental Controls.”

  2. Select which account you’d like to secure and tap the arrow next to it.

  3. Find the “Profile Lock” option. Enter your password and press “Continue.”

  4. Tick the box next to “Require a PIN” to protect your profile with a code. Input your chosen digits and tap “Submit.”

Hulu

Hulu is possibly the only platform that doesn’t allow for custom-made content restrictions. Instead, you can create a separate account for your child and enable kid-friendly programming with a toggle. Keep in mind that even with this option turned on, your children will still be able to stream PG-13 and TV-14 content. If you try to bypass it and set up parental controls on your device or router, it’ll completely block all shows on the platform.

Create a Child Profile on Your Hulu Account:

  1. Sign in to your Hulu Account.

  2. Click your profile icon in the top right corner and select “Manage Accounts” from the drop-down menu.

  3. Tap “Add Account.” Enter your child’s details and turn on “Kids” to allow child-friendly programs.

  4. Press “Create Profile” to save.

Amazon Prime Video

With Prime Video parental controls, you can set age-appropriate viewing restrictions and prevent unwanted or accidental purchases by protecting them with a PIN code. When turned on, they’ll also stop the next episode from autoplaying. These restrictions are not as extensive as parental settings on Netflix, but they’ll still stop your children from accessing inappropriate movies and TV shows.

You can turn on parental controls using your phone or a laptop — both options are equally as quick and simple to set up.

Create Viewing Restrictions on Amazon Prime Using a PC or Mac:

  1. Log in to your Amazon Prime account and press your profile icon.

  2. Select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.

  3. Open the “Parental Controls” tab.

  4. Create a 5-digit PIN which will be required to make any purchases and bypass restrictions. Confirm by tapping “Save.”

  5. Now, manage available viewing restrictions by using the list of parental controls.

Set Up Parental Controls on Amazon Prime With Android or iOS:

  1. In the app, tap “My Stuff” and select the gear icon.

  2. Go into “Parental Controls.”

  3. Before setting up any restrictions, you’ll have to create a PIN code. Do this by pressing “Change Prime Video PIN” and follow the on-screen instructions.

  4. When you’re done, tap “Viewing restrictions.”

  5. Choose a desired age restriction and what devices you’d like to apply them to. Select “Save.”

Disney+

Disney+ is a platform dedicated to kids and teens, so you won’t need to worry about any R rated content. However, as the app also has National Geographic and Marvel shows, some titles may be less appropriate depending on your child’s age. Luckily, you can block all scary and disturbing content by creating a Kids Profile. This will automatically restrict all movies and shows above a G-rating.

4 Easy Steps to Create a Kids Profile on Disney+:

  1. Open the Disney+ app. Select “Edit Profiles” and then “Add Profile.”

  2. Choose an image for the icon and add a name. Your child may want to be involved in this process, especially if they have a favorite Disney character.

  3. Turn on “Kids Profile” by using the toggle.

  4. To confirm, tap “Save.”

Protect Your Children From Pressure on Social Media

YouTube

YouTube provides a tremendous amount of videos for users of all ages, but places absolutely no restrictions for any viewer by default. This increases the risk of your child accidentally stumbling upon explicit, scary, or disturbing content on a daily basis. Luckily, you can turn on YouTube restricted mode on the website itself or even download YouTube Kids — a separate, child-oriented platform that holds only safe and appropriate content.

YouTube Kids comes with limited functions and a restrictive filter that blocks most inappropriate videos. You can even apply age-based restrictions. “Pre-School” works best for children younger than 4 years old, “Younger” will display videos for kids up to 8 years old, and “Older” is designed for users between 8-12 years old.

Change Age-Appropriate Settings on YouTube Kids:

  1. Open the YouTube Kids app. You’ll be prompted to sign in with your Google account.

  2. Now, create your child’s profile. Enter his or her first name, age, and month of birth.

  3. Select which age group content you want your child to view. YouTube Kids will automatically recommend the best option based on the details you entered before.

  4. Tap your child’s profile icon. The app is now ready to use!

However, YouTube Kids isn’t always perfect. It’s possible for some weird and disturbing videos to slip through the filters, so don’t let your child use the app on their own. Moreover, the older your children get, the more likely they are to rebel against using a restricted kid’s app. To avoid unnecessary arguments and stress, you can allow them to use the common YouTube version, but remember to turn on Restricted Mode. This option is available on both the browser and mobile version of the platform.

Turn on Restricted Mode From YouTube.com:

  1. Log in to your child’s account and select the profile icon in the top right corner.

  2. Tap “Restricted Mode: Off” at the bottom of the drop-down menu.

  3. A small window will pop up to explain what the setting aims to do. Turn it on by clicking the toggle.

  4. This will activate the restrictions within that particular browser. If your child uses any other browsers, you’ll need to repeat these steps for each one.

Activate Restricted Mode on the YouTube app:

  1. Open the app and press the profile icon in the top right corner.

  2. Tap “Settings,” then “General.”

  3. Scroll down to find “Restricted Mode.” Tap the option to turn it on.

  4. Repeat the same steps for any other Android and iOS devices your child uses to watch YouTube.

TikTok

The latest addition to social media giants restricts its users from making an account unless they’re 13. The app itself is rated 12+, but it often still displays fantasy violence, explicit content, crude humor, and inappropriate references. Due to its algorithm, TikTok also collects a lot of user information to tailor displayed videos on the main page to the viewer. Luckily, there are quite a few options available to protect your child’s profile, but you’ll have to set up your own TikTok account and link it with your kid’s account to enable them.

Family Pairing allows you to control how long your children can use TikTok, block certain types of content, and turn off direct messaging. The latter is automatically turned off for any user under the age of 16.

Manage Your Child’s TikTok Profile with Family Pairing:

  1. Open TikTok and log in to either your account or your child’s account.

  2. Select the three dots in the top right corner and find “Privacy and Settings.”

  3. Choose “Digital Wellbeing” and tap “Family Pairing.”

  4. Follow the setting up steps in the app.

  5. Once set up, press “Restricted Mode” to turn it on.

  6. Finally, create desired time limits by tapping “Screen Time Management” and choosing from available options.

Additionally, you can set your child’s account to private to prevent strangers from viewing his or her clips. Using your kid’s profile, go into “Privacy and Settings,” then “Privacy and Safety” and switch on “Private Account.”

Instagram

With Instagram’s massive user database, the platform makes your child extremely vulnerable to hateful comments, online stalkers, and identity theft. With the right protective steps and increased privacy settings, you can ensure your child won’t come across harmful materials.

Increase Your Child’s Security on Instagram:

  1. On your child’s account, click the hamburger icon in the top right corner. Tap “Settings.”

  2. Select “Privacy” and then “Account Privacy.” Switch on “Private account” using the toggle.

  3. Next, press “Comments.” From there, you can hide offensive comments, apply a manual filter to block specific words or phrases, and limit commenting to your child’s followers.

  4. You can also create a list of specific users who can view your kid’s stories. Click “Close Friends.” Tap “Get Started” and follow the on screen instructions. When you’re ready, press “Done.”

If you notice any inappropriate behavior related to your child’s account, don’t hesitate to report and block the account responsible. You should also teach your children how they can report it themselves. Instagram takes privacy concerns very seriously and will resolve your issue as quickly as possible.

Snapchat

Snapchat continues to be widely popular amongst younger teenagers due to its amusing filters and ease of communication. However, certain features (like displaying users’ specific location) pose a huge threat to children who use the app. Despite Snapchat featuring multiple privacy protection settings, reports of sexual predators on the platform are still a regular occurrence. Make sure to disable as many features as possible to increase your child’s safety when using the app.

Apply All Protective Methods on Your Child’s Snapchat Account:

  1. Open the app. Select your child’s avatar in the top left corner and tap the gear icon.

  2. Scroll down to “Additional Services.” This is the section where you’ll be able to control different aspects of your child’s privacy.

  3. Press “Contact Me” and tick “My Friends.”

  4. In “View My Story,” choose who can see what your kid posts online. Tap “Friends Only” or “Custom” to allow only certain account tags.

  5. To disable the account from showing up in search results, select “See Me in Quick Add” and uncheck the option.

  6. Go into “My Location.” Then select who can view your child’s location, disable location requests, or turn on Ghost Mode, which will completely hide the device’s location.

  7. Finally, scroll up to the top of “Settings” and press “Mobile Number.” Deselect “Let others find me using my mobile number.”

Facebook

According to its terms and conditions, Facebook doesn’t allow anyone under the age of 13 to set up an account. However, online statistics show that almost 40% of Facebook users are under the age limit. If the platform’s user data collection isn’t enough to encourage you to add extra protection to your child’s account, its regular involvement in data breaches definitely should. Applying even a few additional security settings may save your kids from becoming victims of various cyberattacks, including identity theft.

Adjust Facebook’s Privacy and Security Settings on Your Child’s Account:

  1. Using your child’s account, tap the small arrow in the top right corner (the hamburger icon on the mobile app) and scroll down to “Settings & Privacy.”

  2. Select “Privacy shortcuts.” It’s a much quicker way to apply changes than going through each individual setting.

  3. Tap “Review a few important privacy settings.” You’ll be presented with different changes you can apply. Go through each card and follow the on-screen instructions.

  4. Go back into “Privacy shortcuts” and select “Manage your location settings.” Turn off Facebook’s access to the device’s location and location history.

  5. Then choose “Control face recognition” and disable the platform from automatically recognizing your child in photos and videos.

  6. Press “See more privacy settings” and, following each option, choose who can contact and view your child’s profile.

  7. Finally, disable Facebook from collecting data and personalizing ads by tapping “See your ad settings.” Additionally, you can select “Review your ad preferences” and remove the data that was already collected.

Twitter

Twitter is one of the few social media platforms that offers the highest level of user protection. The settings aren’t turned on by default, but are very easy to find and enable. Make sure you apply all the changes as soon as your child becomes active on the platform.

Protect Your Child From Adult Content Using Twitter’s Security Settings:

  1. Open the Twitter app and log in to your child’s profile.

  2. Click on the profile image in the top left corner to open the menu. Tap “Settings and Privacy.”

  3. Press “Privacy and safety.” Most security options can be enabled and disabled by toggling them, such as Tweet protection, blocking sensitive content, and restricting live videos.

  4. Click “Photo tagging” and turn it off.

  5. In “Direct Messages,” disable message requests and read receipts.

  6. Tap “Discoverability and contacts” to prohibit anyone from finding your child’s account by email address or phone number. You can also turn off contact syncing between Twitter and phone numbers on your kid’s device.

  7. You can create a list of blocked and muted accounts or words in “Safety” settings. Simply tap each option and enter profile names or phrases you’d like your child to avoid.

  8. Select “Precise location,” then block Twitter from accessing the device’s specific location.

  9. As a last step, click “Personalisation and data” and untick all forms of data collection and ad personalization.

Pinterest

Although it’s generally considered harmless, Pinterest can still hold some dark content in its corners. Unfortunately, the platform doesn’t offer any parental controls that could block inappropriate content. If your child uses Pinterest regularly, apply appropriate restrictions within your browser or device. Additionally, create your own account and regularly review what images your kids pin to their boards and ensure they don’t link their profiles with other social media platforms.

Twitch

If you’re looking to apply parental controls to your child’s Twitch account, you’re not going to find many. Despite allowing gamers and streamers as young as 13 to set up a profile, the platform doesn’t actually put any protective restrictions in place. As Twitch is a live streaming platform, it makes it almost impossible to moderate and filter its content. The only protection you can apply is disabling direct messages on the website.

Luckily, many official streamers (like Ninja or DrGluon) keep their channels child-friendly and avoid explicit language and references. While they may still play games aimed at a more mature audience, you wouldn’t find anything inappropriate in their chats. However, many gamers who stream Minecraft or other games popular with younger audiences may use extremely vulgar language. The best way to moderate what your child watches is to take interest in their favorite streamers and check if their channels are appropriate for his or her age.

3 Steps to Disable Direct Messaging on Twitch:

  1. Open Twitch and click on your child’s username in the top right corner. Select “Settings.”

  2. Press the “Security and Privacy” tab.

  3. Scroll down to “Privacy” and check “Block Messages from Strangers” as well as “Block Whispers from Strangers.”

Reddit

Reddit provides one of the biggest libraries on quite possibly every topic imaginable, from child-friendly forums about TV shows to extreme and explicit adult content. The latter is usually clearly labeled with Not Safe For Life (NSFL) or Not Safe For Work (NSFW). Both tags automatically hide images and videos that would make any adult terrified or disgusted. But, ideally, no underage user should be allowed on the platform without supervision at any point, just in case they come across something they should never see.

If you decide to let your child use Reddit, sign up for them with your own email address. This will allow you to regularly monitor what kind of content they view and prevent them from changing the password. Alternatively, using the website without logging in will automatically block NSFL and NSFW content so you may want to skip creating an account altogether.

Create a More Child-Friendly Reddit Experience For Your Child:

  1. Select your child’s profile and tap “User Settings.”

  2. Go into the “Profile” tab. Scroll down to “Profile Category” and disable the NSFW category as well as content visibility in general subreddits.

  3. Now, move on to the “Settings and Privacy” tab. Untick every option possible to restrict any form of data collection and personalization. You can also add a list of user accounts to block.

  4. In “Feed Settings,” make sure the adult content is switched off, alongside the media autoplay feature. Turn on the “Safe browsing mode.”

  5. Disable direct messages by tapping the “Chat & Messaging” tab and selecting who can send your child message requests.

Most internet browsers (except Internet Explorer) offer a free extension called Reddit Enhancement Suite (RES). It’s an independent, community-driven Reddit browser that provides safer browsing while using the platform. As Reddit itself won’t allow you to block any subreddits, you can use RES to restrict user access to forums that display gore, sexual images, or other inappropriate content.

Unfortunately, Reddit parental controls don’t exist on its iOS and Android app. While its iOS version comes with a toggle to turn off R-rated content, Android users won’t be allowed to restrict anything. If your child wants to browse Reddit pages, it’s safest to do so on a PC.

Enable Maximum Child Protection on Every Device

Apple Devices

iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch Apple gives parents full control over their children’s iPhones, iPads, and iPods. Screen Time Content & Privacy Restrictions can block certain apps and features on Apple devices. You’ll also find sections to limit more specific settings, like Siri or online purchases. Managing your child’s safety on their Apple devices is also very simple and can be done in 10 quick steps.

Set Screen Time & Privacy Restrictions to Keep Your Kid Safe on Apple Devices:

  1. Go into “Settings” on your child’s device.

  2. Tap “Screen Time” and select “This Is My Child’s [device].” Follow the prompts until you have to set up a passcode.

  3. Once set up, go into “Content & Privacy Restrictions” and turn it on. Now you’ll be able to begin applying restrictions.

  4. Press “iTunes & App Store Purchases.” Then you can disable in-app purchases and more.

  5. Now go into “Allowed Apps.” Toggle on or off the apps you’d like to restrict, such as Camera, Safari, and many others.

  6. Tap “Content Restrictions” and select your desired settings for installed apps under “Allowed Store Content.” You’ll be able to restrict content like movies or music based on the maturity rating.

  7. In “Web Content,” choose between “Unrestricted Access,” “Limit Adult Content,” and “Allowed Websites Only.” You can then add a list of specific sites you want to allow or block.

  8. Find “Siri & Search” and restrict the digital assistant from searching the web or using explicit language.

  9. Go into “Game Center” to limit your child’s ability to join multiplayer games, add friends, or record the device’s screen.

  10. Finally, tap “Privacy” and toggle on or off the available features. Apple allows you to restrict location services, Bluetooth sharing, speech services, and many more.

MacOS

Setting up parental controls on MacOS varies depending on what MacOS version your child is using.

MacOS Catalina

Catalina is the latest MacOS system released in 2018. Unlike its predecessors, it doesn’t come with built-in parental controls. Instead, Apple swapped it for Screen Time settings to match the controls from iPhones, iPads, and iPods. You’ll have to enable it directly on your child’s computer — the process is very quick and simple.

Use Screen Time to Secure Your Child’s Device:

  1. Press the Apple icon and select “System Preferences.”

  2. Tap “Screen Time.” The device will automatically display more information about what the feature does. When you’re ready, click “Continue.”

  3. Select “Options” and enable Screen Time by pressing “Turn On.”

  4. Now, you can choose specific settings. Choose “Include Website Data” if you’d like Screen Time to send you reports with specific sites your child visited. You can also set up a passcode to use for any security changes in the future.

  5. You’ll have an option to set up a “Downtime Schedule” for when you don’t want your child to use the device. The feature allows you to set the same downtime schedule for each day of the week or create a custom routine.

  6. Next, tap “App Limits” and turn them on. To create a new app limit click “+.” You’ll be presented with a set of checkboxes for which apps and sites you can limit. Confirm by pressing “Done.”

  7. Go into “Always Allowed” where you can set which apps your child can always access.

  8. Finally, restrict certain content like the Apple Store, apps, and other features in “Content & Privacy.”

Insider Tip: You can use your own device to remotely monitor your child’s activity on MacOS using the Family Sharing app. Without it, you’ll have to log in to your child’s Mac to check what they’ve been using it for.

MacOS Mojave and MacOS High Sierra

Older versions of MacOS are even easier to protect as they have a whole menu dedicated to Parental Controls. This allows you to easily manage each aspect of what your child can access from one setting option. Even if you don’t apply any restrictions manually, each “child’s account” on Mac has certain controls applied by default. For even safer use of the device, consider adding extra parental controls.

Manage Parental Controls on MacOS Mojave and MacOS High Sierra:

  1. Go into “System Preferences” and find the “Parental Controls” icon.

  2. Select your child’s account and click the lock icon to allow changes.

  3. The device will prompt you to enter your admin details.

  4. Once logged in, you can scroll through the list of available restrictions and tailor them to your needs. The system gives you the option to restrict certain apps, stop specific websites from opening, turn off the iTunes Store, set specific time limits, disable online data collection, and stop Siri and Dictation.

Android Devices

Unlike Apple devices, most Android phones and tablets don’t have specific settings for parental controls. While you can manage certain options in the Google Play Store to disable specific apps and prevent accidental purchases, you won’t be able to turn on phone-wide restrictions.

Manage Online Restrictions in the Google Play Store:

  1. Open the Play Store app and sign in (if you’re not logged in already).

  2. Tap the hamburger icon in the top left corner, then press “Settings.”

  3. Scroll down to find “Parental Controls.” Turn it on and create a PIN.

  4. Now, you can control different sections of the Play Store. Set age restrictions for “Apps & games,” “Films,” “TV,” “Books,” and “Music” by tapping on each option.

  5. Go back into Play Store Settings and find “Require authentication for purchases.” Select “For all purchases through Google Play on this device” to prevent your child from buying anything from the app store.

To monitor your child’s phone habits, you can download the Family Link app on their device. This app helps you set ground rules for phone usage, such as managing which apps are allowed and setting time restrictions so you can choose when your child can use their phone and when they can’t. You can also keep track of which apps your child is using and how much time they are spending on each one. Windows 10, 8 and 8.1, and 7

Similar to MacOS, switching on parental controls on your Windows device differs depending on its operating system. Before you begin enabling any restrictions, make sure your child has Microsoft accounts linked with your own. This will ensure their maximum online safety and it won’t limit your own digital experience.

Windows 10

If your child has their own Microsoft account, it’s highly possible certain parental controls are already applied. However, it’s still a good practice to review the settings in case they aren’t fully age-appropriate.

Personalize Parental Controls on Windows 10:

  1. Press the Windows button in the bottom left corner. Open “Settings” and tap “Accounts.”

  2. Find “Family & other users.” Select your child’s account and go into “Manage Family Settings Online.” Pressing it will open Microsoft Family Parental Control in your designated browser. You may need to log in to your account for this.

  3. Underneath your child’s name, tap “Activity” and turn on “Activity reporting.” This will prompt Microsoft to send you emails with details about your children’s digital habits.

  4. Go into “Screen Time” to alter the default time settings and create appropriate schedules for every day of the week.

  5. Press “More Options.” Click “Content restrictions” at the top of the drop-down menu. Enable “Block inappropriate apps and games” and “Block inappropriate websites,” then select the desired age-rating. Additionally, you can add specific names and addresses of programs and sites you want to restrict.

  6. Once again, select “More Options” and tap “Spending.” Set a limit for making any purchases in the Microsoft Store or turn this feature off completely.

Windows 8 and 8.1

Create a Kid-Friendly Digital Environment on Windows 8 and 8.1:

  1. Launch the “Control Panel.” Press “User Accounts and Family Safety,” then “Set Up Parental Controls for Any User.”

  2. Choose a child account you want to customize.

  3. Press “Parental Controls” and “Enforce Current Settings.”

  4. Find “Activity Reporting” to enable collecting information about the user’s activity.

  5. In “Web Filtering,” create a list of blocked online sites and restrict any downloads.

  6. To select what days and times your children can use the computer, tap “Time Limits” and change the default settings.

  7. Create an age restriction for games and apps within “Windows Store and Game Restrictions,” as well as “App Restrictions.”

Windows 7

Windows 7 offers the least amount of control regarding what your child can and cannot access on the system. However, depending on the age of your child, these controls should be enough to ensure safe usage.

Access Parental Controls on Windows 7:

  1. Press the Start button and open “Control Panel.”

  2. Choose “User Accounts & Family Safety,” then tap “Set Up Parental Controls for Any User.”

  3. Select a child account you want to protect.

  4. Under “Parental Controls,” choose “On, Enforce Current Settings.”

  5. Now, select each of the 3 categories underneath and apply custom settings. By choosing “Time Limits,” you can define what hours the Windows device can be used. In “Games,” ban all games or select an ideal age-rating for your children. You can block a particular program under “Allow and Block Specific Programs.”

  6. Finalize your choices by pressing “OK.”

Chromebook

Any child who wants to use a Chromebook or the Google Play Store needs their own Google account. Google’s underage profiles already come with a set of pre-programmed restrictions, such as blocking the use of the incognito mode in Chrome or the option to block explicit online content. However, in order to control specific Chromebook features, you need to download and set up Google’s Family Link app. The program is very simple to use, but to start you need to log in to both your and your child’s Google account.

Writer’s Advice: Family Link works only on Chromebooks running Chrome OS version 71 or higher. Make sure your operating system is up to date before setting up family restrictions.

Block Unwanted Content on Chromebook:

  1. Open the Family Link app and select your kid’s account.

  2. Tap “Settings,” then go into “Manage Settings” and “Filters on Google Chrome.”

  3. Select a desired filter: “Allow all sites,” “Try to block mature sites,” or “Only allow certain sites.”

  4. If you want to create a list of specific websites your child can and cannot access, press “Manage sites.”

  5. Go into “Approved” or “Blocked” sites and tap “Create.” Type in the addresses of the websites and domains.

  6. In “Filters on Google Chrome,” go into “Chrome Dashboard.”

  7. Turn off “Permissions for sites and apps.” This will restrict your child from giving sites access to the device’s camera, location, and notifications.

  8. Before you finish, go into “Parent Access” and create a password to lock all changes. Finalize your settings by clicking “Next.”

Amazon Fire Tablet

Amazon Fire Tablet gives you a lot of control over your child’s digital habits with a set of specific settings. Additionally, you’ll be able to monitor your child’s activity on the tablet through your own device using the Amazon Parent Dashboard app. To set everything up, you’ll need to create your child’s account on the tablet before they begin to use it.

Simple Guide to Setting Up a Child’s Account on Amazon Fire:

  1. Open “Settings” and tap “Profiles & Family Library.”

  2. Press “Add a Child Profile.” The device will prompt you to set up a PIN password to prevent your children from accessing any other profile except for their own.

  3. Enter your child’s name, gender, and date of birth. Then, select an age-appropriate theme — the “Blue Sky Theme” works best for children under 9, while “Midnight Black Theme” is designed for tweens aged 9-12.

  4. To confirm, press “Add Profile.”

Once the child’s account is created, you can apply more restrictions like screen time limits and age-specific filters.

Restrict Account Activity by Managing Your Child’s Profile:

  1. Go into “Profiles & Family Library” found in “Settings.” Select a profile you’d like to manage.

  2. Tap “Set Daily Goals & Time.” This will allow you to stop your child from using the device at night and set total screen time limits for the day. You can even turn on Educational Goals that your child has to reach (like reading a book for 30 minutes) before they can play games.

  3. Next, press “Age Filters” and select a required age range with a slide bar. To add or block specific content, select “Add Content”/”Remove Content.” Attach websites and videos accordingly.

  4. Toggle off “Web Settings,” if you don’t want your child to access the web browser.

  5. Finally, turn off “Enable Camera & Photo Gallery.”

That’s not all — Amazon added a separate “Parental Controls” feature to offer even more in-depth control over any kid’s account.

Enable Additional Parental Controls in 5 Steps:

  1. Tap “Settings” and press “Parental Controls.”

  2. Turn it on by clicking the toggle on the side. You’ll be prompted to set up a password of your choice. This will automatically restrict web browsers, online purchases, and certain types of content, such as the built-in Alexa app.

  3. Select “Amazon content and apps” to apply further limits. You’ll be able to block the camera, messaging, Amazon Video, maps, Audible, and more.

  4. You can also toggle on “Set Restricted Access.” Set a specific schedule to prevent your child from accessing the tablet when he or she isn’t allowed.

  5. Finally, turn on “Monitor This Profile” if you’d like to regularly review the account activity.

The FreeTime app mentioned above can also be used to control your child’s account on Amazon Fire Tablet. Also known as Fire for Kids, this option can be applied automatically when you create your child’s Fire account. Keep in mind that opting in will sign you up to the subscription service straight away. The first month is offered as a free trial, but remember to opt out if you don’t want to pay for it. If you purchased the Kids Edition of Amazon Fire Tablet, you’ll receive FreeTime for free for 12 months. Home Assistants: Google Home, Google Nest, Amazon Echo, and HomePod Be careful! Enabling parental controls on home assistants won’t stop them from collecting your child’s data, such as his or her name, interests, birth date, and voice recordings. This cannot be turned off at any point.

Google Home and Google Nest

Google home devices allow you to control explicit content and block it from playing on YouTube apps, Google Play Music, and other radio apps you have installed. The speakers come with a built-in Digital Wellbeing setting that filters unwanted content when turned on. These restrictions can be applied to all speakers connected to your account or selected Supervised Accounts and guests.

Set Up Digital Protection on Google Home and Google Nest:

  1. Tap the Google Home app on your smartphone.

  2. Go into “Settings” and press “Digital Wellbeing.”

  3. Select “Set up” and then “Next” to begin adjusting filters.

  4. Pick whether the restrictions should apply to “Everyone” or only “Supervised Account and guests.” Then decide what devices you’d like to control and press “Next.”

  5. Apply filters to “Videos” and “Music” using the available options. You can also apply “Additional controls” to turn off calls and messages and limit Assistant’s functions and answers. When you’re ready, press “Next.”

  6. Finally, set up “Downtime” to decide when your home devices can be used. You can create a custom schedule or choose one of the preexisting ones.

  7. To confirm your choices, tap “Done.”

Amazon Echo

All Echo devices come with a free built-in parental control setting you can enable anytime. In fact, there are two ways you can restrict inappropriate content on your Alexa device. One allows you to simply turn on and off certain features within the Amazon Echo app. The other gives you more control with the use of the FreeTime app. FreeTime is a subscription-based ser