Microsoft on Wednesday afternoon unveiled Kids Mode for its Edge browser, to allow children to surf the web in a safe way.
Kids Mode is available in account options, where you can choose ‘Browse in Kids Mode’, then select the appropriate age group of 5-8 years or 9-12 years. Each mode will have pre-selected kid-friendly websites and security settings, while the browser in Kids Mode can be customized with themes.
Check out the video demo below:
According to Liat Ben-Zur, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft, she explained the company started the idea of Kids Mode now that children are spending more time online due to COVID-19 and learning from home.
“Both age groups are defaulted to the strictest tracking prevention level, blocking the majority of trackers for maximum privacy and minimum personalized ads, in addition to strict Bing SafeSearch, ensuring that adult text, images and videos are blocked from your kids’ online searches,” explains Ben-Zur.
“Regardless of the age group, Kids Mode limits the sites that kids will have access to – from the get-go there are about 70 popular kid sites that are allowed, but you can fully customize the list in a couple of clicks in Microsoft Edge settings,” adds the Microsoft executive.
If children try to surf to another site outside of the list allowed, a friendly block page will appear instead. Authentication is required to exit Kids Mode, so you know your kids are able to stay on task.
With custom themes available through partner Disney, Microsoft believes Kids Mode will be a “game-changer” for parents.
Microsoft says Kids Mode for Edge is available for iOS, Mac and more, built right into the browser with the latest update.