Microsoft has added a new Kids Mode to its Edge browser. The self-explanatory feature is built directly into the browser to enable kid-friendly internet browsing, locking Microsoft has added a new Kids Mode to its Edge browser. The self-explanatory feature is built directly into the browser to enable kid-friendly internet browsing, locking access to approved sites only. The feature is available for free on both Windows and macOS versions of the browser.
Kids Mode on Microsoft Edge can be enabled through the drop-down menu that appears when you click on your account profile in the upper right corner of the browser’s home tab. Parents can then select the appropriate age range for their child, either 5-8 years or 9-12 years. Both age groups block the majority of web trackers, allowing for maximum privacy of the child. Kids Mode also enables Bing SafeSearch, that filters out adult text, images, and videos from online search results.
Microsoft Edge restricts browsing into 70 popular kid-friendly sites when Kids Mode is on. That list, however, is customizable. So parents can add sites that they think won’t do any harm to their kids (or remove them when they feel the need).
When kids try to access sites that aren’t on the list, they will encounter a block page that asks for permission from an adult, which requires PC login credentials. Of course, exiting Kids Mode requires authentication from an adult as well. Moreover, Kids Mode also restricts popular Windows keyboard shortcuts from working. This further ensures that kids can’t exit out by themselves. The same shortcut restrictions aren’t available on macOS though, The Verge reports.
The 9-12 years age group also features an “age-appropriate news feed” on the New Tab Page. It’s a collection of specially curated articles from MSN for Kids. Topics of these articles will be focused on animals, science, fun facts, and other kid-friendly news. So you can rest assured that your kids aren’t delving into political or other inappropriate news articles.