Enable Edge's Kids Mode

by Eric Wyatt
(last updated April 19, 2021)

Microsoft's Edge Chromium (or Edge, as many people call it) is a powerful web browser. I've covered many of its features before, such as its Tracking Prevention and Profiles. The capabilities of the new Edge browser are pretty impressive.

Another feature that Edge provides is helpful for individuals who have any young children using their computers, and it is "Kids Mode." Kids Mode is like having another profile, similar to what is referenced in the Profiles article mentioned above. Kids Mode allows for some protection that can come in handy. Let's see some of the features of Kids mode:

  • Limitations based on the child's age range (5-8 or 9-12)
  • Pre-selected (and adjustable) kid-friendly sites.
  • Kid-friendly security settings
  • Colorful kids themes
  • Curated content and news (9-12 age group only)

These features are great, but they only work if the child can't change the profile or turn off the Kids Mode entirely. Fortunately, children cannot turn Kids Mode off without parental authentication first. Starting to use Kids Mode is very easy; launch Edge and then follow these steps:

  1. In the Edge browser, in the top-right corner, click on your profile icon. Edge displays a drop-down menu.
  2. In the drop-down menu, under "Browse as Guest," you will see "Browse in Kids Mode." Click on this option. The first time you launch Kids Mode, you will see an introduction to this setting.
  3. Once you read through the introduction, click on Get Started. Edge displays two options.
  4. Choose and click on the button that correlates with the age range of your child. Once you make this selection, Edge remembers it the next time you enable it. Once enabled, Edge becomes full screen, and your child will not be able to leave the window. Edge also displays a couple of kid-friendly websites to help get them started.
  5. To turn Kids Mode off, click on the Kids Mode button in the top right of the window and choose Exit Kids Mode. A pin or password box will open and you will need to enter your password or pin, depending on your settings.

That is how to get started using Kids Mode within the Edge browser. In another article, we will discuss how to add approved sites or specify whether Edge asks for an age range each time you enable Kids Mode. Kids Mode allows you some comfort in knowing that little ones will be less likely to stumble across something they don't need to see. Keep in mind that while Kids Mode will try to prevent inappropriate things from being shown, it is not a guarantee, and parental supervision is still recommended.

 This tip (13850) applies to Windows 10.

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