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Child Workspace in Google Chrome – How To

Child Workspace in Google Chrome – How To

This tutorial walks you completely through setting up a child workspace in Google Chrome. If you’re looking to set up a workspace in the Firefox browser, check this help post out instead.

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. If you haven’t set up a Microsoft account for your kid yet, learn how to do that here.

Ensure you have allowed the Google Chrome Browser 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

Google browser shows user icon and user is not signed in. For setting up a child workspace in google chrome.

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 Settings

Select the Appearance menu in the left sidebar

Turn on the ‘Show Bookmarks bar’ setting

Google browser settings appearance menu shows to turn on the show bookmark bar. For setting up a child workspace in google chrome.

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.

Tip: prevent frustration by saving school passwords reliably with the google password manager, here’s how.

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’

Google browser shows the bookmark added menu when a page is bookmarked.  Choose the bookmarks bar folder. For setting up a child workspace in google chrome.

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

Google browser settings on startup menu shows, Add a new page option.  Choose the bookmarks bar folder. For setting up a child workspace in google chrome.

> 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.

Google browser add a new page pop up shows school login website in text field and click add.  Choose the bookmarks bar folder. For setting up a child workspace in google chrome.

Wrapping up – How to set up a child workspace in google chrome

In this article, we learned how to sign your kid’s Google Chrome browser into their school account, how to add the school provided websites to their bookmarks bar, and finally how to add their school login page as the startup page.

Your child will now be able to easily find and switch between their school sites 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.

If you’re looking for more ways to improve your kids online experience as well as yours at home, check out this post.

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