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Chromebook Introduction

[Updated January 12, 2018] Chromebooks were made for Internet access and they are hard for parents to control. And, as of January 12, 2018, it became even more difficult for parents, when Google removed its Supervised User functionality from Chromebooks without a replacement feature.

So, what’s a parent to do? We wrote a complete blog post on this sudden announcement from Google, and below, we outline the important steps that parents can still take in order to protect their Chromebook.

Related Post: Google Quits Supervised Users

Chromebook Parental Controls

Step 1: Set up OpenDNS on your home’s router.

Router and ethernet cable on white background

Step 2: Set up the Chromebook following these steps:

  1. Make a Parent the OWNER: The first user to set up the Chromebook becomes the “owner” of the Chromebook and can set up special privileges. This is similar to being the “admin” for a Windows environment. In order to set up the proper controls over the Chromebook, a parent should be the “owner”. If a student is set up as the owner, and a parent wants to change this, you simply perform a factory reset and start over with the set-up process. No harm.
  2. Turn off GUEST BROWSING: The “owner” should turn off “guest browsing” and turn on “supervised users”. On a Chromebook, this is done by clicking on your profile image in the lower, right corner of the device. Next, select “Settings” which is the silver cog and towards the bottom, find and click “manage other users” under “People” and uncheck the “enable guest browsing” and be sure to keep checked “enable supervised users“. These are  very important steps because Chrome doesn’t maintain web history for guest browsing, making it easy to conceal inappropriate activity and supervised users are a primary control for filtering and monitoring web activity.
  3. Limit other USERS: Finally, limit log-in capabilities to approved users by clicking your profile image again in the lower right corner, and then “Settings“. Select “limit the following users” for log-in. You should see your administrative log-in and any supervised users you just created. If you don’t limit who can log-in, then anyone with a Google profile can log-in to your Chromebook.
  4. Use a FILTER: Mobicip has filtering for Chromebooks, and it works very well. Mobicip can be used as a replacement for supervised users on the Chromebook until Google releases whatever parental controls it’s working on. You can sign up to use Mobicip today and take advantage of their free trial.



Chromebook Privacy Concerns:

Recently, we received this question from a parent:

When the kids work on a school-issued Google login, the school administrator has access to review everything students do, which is good. Yet, what if the child is using a personal Chromebook that we buy, and you don’t necessarily want the school to have access to everything – does that mean we need to set up a second account for each child?”

We did a bit of research, and found these articles that might help, if this is an area of concern for you.

Article #1 – enhancing student privacy at the Chromebook (device) level.
Article #2 – enhancing student privacy at the Google Apps for Education (GAFE) account level.

Call to Action – Now What?

After you buy Mobicip to protect your Chromebook, are you ready to have awesome conversations with your kids about how to use their technology well? Snapchat – pornography – predators – bullies – help! Please visit our Protect Young Eyes Parent University, where you’ll find videos to watch with your kids, creating common vocabulary, and awesome chats. Sometimes, when kids hear someone else talk about awkward things, it helps them really hear it for the first time. Please visit the PYE Parent University today!

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Chromebook, Google, Parental Controls, School