Google to bring parental controls to Chrome

BY Stefan Constantinescu

Published 20 Aug 2013

When people talk about the mobile industry, the implied ownership model is one person equals one device. In the PC space it’s a bit different, with an entire family sharing a machine that’s in the kitchen, in the living room, what have you. This is why Mac OS X and Windows have multiple account support. According to The Verge, Google is going to bring the same multiple account support to their Chrome browser. The feature is already baked into the nightly versions, so it shouldn’t be too long until we see it pop up in the betas, and then then finally the Chrome stable channel.

More than multiple account support, however, will be the ability for parents to limit what their kids see on the internet. From the little information that’s available, it appears that Mom and Dad will be able to specify which websites their child or children will be allowed to see and which they won’t be able to see. There’s no mention of any general filter, the type you might find in an educational setting or at an office.

Circling back to the beginning of this article, what happens if Mom and Dad tell Johnny that he can’t visit Facebook on the family computer, what’s stopping him from using his phone or tablet? We saw Android 4.3 introduce a kid’s only mode, so maybe the next logical feature is browser lockdown?