This tutorial walks you through setting up an easy workspace for your child’s computer, using the Google Chrome Browser.
Step 1: Allow your child’s school websites in the child’s account settings of your Microsoft Family account, if you are using a Windows PC
You can click here to login and manage your children’s Microsoft accounts. You will also want to ensure you have allowed the Google Chrome Browser too in their ‘Content Management Settings’. For more help, check out our article here, on how to set and adjust your child’s content restrictions in your Microsoft Family Account.
Step 2: Login to your child’s school-linked Google Account
If your child’s school is using Google Classroom, chances are they also have a Google Account created by the school. If you don’t already have those login credentials, reach out to your school tech support and get them. Then log into the Google Chrome browser using their school login.
Step 3: Open Google Chrome and select the Appearance Menu
Click the three vertical dots in the upper right hand side of the browser window
Select the Appearance menu in the left sidebar
Turn on the ‘Show Bookmarks bar’ setting
Step 4: Enter your child’s School Provided Login web address (URL)
You will want to start by setting up your child’s school login page first. If the school has provided multiple resources, you can follow these steps for each of those websites to create easy access for your child.
Enter the school’s login web address into the web address bar
Step 5: Bookmark the page
Click the Star icon to the right of the Web Address bar
Choose the Bookmark Toolbar as the Folder to save the bookmark in and add a Name that is easy for you and your child to remember, such as ‘School Login’
Step 6: Repeat for each of your child’s school provided sites
Once a site has been added to the Bookmarks Toolbar, it will appear just above the web page window of the browser.
Step 7: Set one of your child’s school sites as the Browser Open Page
The browser will always open on this page once you complete this step. It’s a good idea to set the Open page to the most important School Provided site page, such as a portal login in which they may check for assignments or turn in homework.
Go to the three dots menu bar in the upper right corner of the Google Chrome Browser window.
Select On Startup from the left sidebar menu
Select from the Open a specific page or set of pages
Select Add a new page
Paste in, or enter in the Web Address of your child’s main school website.
Your child will now be able to easily find and switch between their school sites now with minimal effort from you. They will even be able to access these bookmarks and login pages from any device, so long as they can log into their Google account in a Google Chrome browser.