Keeping Kids Safe on the Internet

Article by Maureen Kasuku
Posted: May 25, 2021  

Keeping Kids Safe On the Internet 

It’s becoming almost impossible to keep our kids off the internet in the digital age. Many children access education online and it’s the norm to catch up with their friends on social sites. Unfortunately, the internet can also be a harmful place for children but you can take these steps to ensure your child is safe:

If they use android devices, create a Google Account for your child under 13 (or the applicable age in your country), and manage it using Family Link. CLICK HERE. With Google Accounts, children get access to Google products like Search, Chrome, and Gmail, and you are able to set up basic digital ground rules to supervise them.

Set up Digital Wellbeing

Now that your child’s account is on Family link, you can restrict screen time by using Google’s Digital Wellbeing. To find Digital Wellbeing as an app on Android, open it in your Settings app and then turn on the Show icon in the app list.

The first time you open Digital Wellbeing, you need to set up your child’s profile.

  • Open your phone’s Settings app.
  • Tap Digital Wellbeing & parental controls.
  • Under “Your Digital Wellbeing tools,” tap Show your data.

Youtube Kids Parental Control

You can view parental controls on Youtube Kids at any time by following these steps:

  • Tap the Lock icon in the bottom corner of any page in the app.
  • Complete the multiplication problem or read and enter the numbers that appear. Or, enter your custom passcode.
  • Select Settings

You can decide what YouTube experience is best for your family. Learn more about supervised experiences on YouTube.

Your kid can also control some settings. Learn more.

YouTube Kids on the web also has parental settings. Learn more.

Filter explicit Searches using Google’s SafeSearch

When SafeSearch is on, it helps filter out explicit content in Google’s search results for all your queries across images, videos, and websites.

SafeSearch can be turned on for:

  • Personal accounts or browsers
  • Children’s supervised devices and accounts using the Family Link app
  • Workplace or school devices and networks

Learn more about Search & your child’s Google Account with the Family Link app and how to filter explicit results on your school, workplace, or home network.



For IOS users, check out Parental controls for Apple products



About the author

Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life


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