How to Enable Kids Mode on Microsoft Edge

Microsoft is working on releasing a Kids mode in Chromium-based Edge, that will only display the appropriate content based on the set age. It blocks any content that may not be suitable for children, and parents can configure it by adding a list of allowed websites that can be accessed.

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Kids Mode | Microsoft Edge

The purpose of this mode is to provide a worry-free internet environment for the kids so that their parents continuously do not have to monitor their child’s activity while on the computer. The convenient part is that not much configuration is required while starting or stopping kids mode in Edge.

Let us continue to see the benefits of this mode, what it includes and how you can enable it.

How to enable Kids mode on Microsoft Edge

Edge has come a long way in terms of advancements. It now supports almost every feature and fixed every vulnerability as any of its competitor browsers. Launching Kids mode may just be one of Edge’s salient features for a while until others catch up.

Kids mode can be activated on any regular profile and does not require you to create a new one. It is as easy as clicking on your profile and activating the mode.

Simply click on your profile image in the top-right corner of the browser, and then click Browse in Kinds Mode.

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A window will now pop-up to select the age of your child so that the appropriate content is filtered out, such as the one below. Select the age range.

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Once enabled, a new window will open with Kids mode enabled. This mode will be enabled until it is explicitly disabled through the same menu, even if you close and re-open the Edge browser, or reboot your machine.

To disable Kids mode, click on the Kids mode icon at the top and then click Exit Kids Mode window.

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What is Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge

Let us discuss in detail what Kids Mode is and how you as a parent can benefit from it.

In the current day and age, there is a lot of versatile content on the internet, and that is not even the Dark Web. You want to protect your child from graphic content that may scar them for life. You simply cannot disallow them from using a computer or the internet as it has also become a necessity in the 21st century.

This is where Kids Mode on Edge will come in handy. You can enable this mode on your child’s Edge profile and let them freely browse the internet. This is because certain settings will automatically be enabled, such as Strict mode so that online activity is not traced, and Bing SafeSearch so only age-appropriate content is displayed, etc.

To learn more about Kids Mode, refer to Microsoft’s page.

How to manage Kids Mode

At any point in time, you can change the age range for Kids mode through the following page:

edge://settings/family

You can also customize the theme for Kids mode by clicking on the Colors and background button.

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If your child tries to visit a page that has not been permitted, they will experience a Get permission prompt. In that case, the device credentials will need to be entered in order to access the page.

To manage the permitted websites, navigate to the following location:

Settings and more -> Settings -> Family

Now click Manage allowed sites in Kids Mode. You can see the preconfigured allowed list. To add more, click on the Add website. If you want to remove a permitted website, simply click on the cross button beside it.

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Closing words

If you ask us, having Kids mode is a neat thing to have. Parents now do not need to continuously monitor their child’s activity on the web, and the children are safe from malicious as well as prohibited content. It would be more beneficial if you use the kids mode in addition to other parental control options for Windows 10 and also some DNS based blocking for children.

Subhan Zafar

Subhan holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and has completed several system and network certifications including Huwaei, Cisco and Microsoft certs. He mostly researches and writes about the Windows world.

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