Google is getting ready to introduce a new set of parental control features for users of Chrome browser. The company declared it via an email which was sent to its users of its recent system for parental controls and other restrictions called “Chrome Supervised Users,” which is soon shutting down.
Chrome Supervised Users was first introduced into beta back in 2013. The feature permitted a parent to lock the Chrome browser on a device including by-
-Blocking access to certain websites,
-Enabling SafeSearch for filtering Google Search results, and
-Keeping a history of websites visited.
Google’s email said that this feature set will at present be deplored. The email explained, “Since we launched Chrome Supervised Users in beta preview over four years ago, Chrome and the way we use computing devices have evolved significantly”. It also adds, “Since we launched Chrome Supervised Users in beta preview over four years ago, Chrome and the way we use computing devices have evolved significantly”.
From January 12, 2018, the users will no longer able to build or re-import supervised users. However, users will still be able to use their living Chrome Supervised Users on Chromebooks, Windows, Mac, and Linux.
On January 15, 2018, remote supervision accessible at chrome.com/manage will no longer be handy. The email indicates its users to the latest family link parent control solution, which introduced to the public in September. This service permits parents to create Google Accounts for their children, then manage their browsing history in Chrome for Android.
However, this solution today only addresses mobile devices, while Chrome Supervised Users was meant for desktop users. It seems likely that the new parental control features coming to Chrome later in 2018 will be an extension of Family Link to the desktop, but the email didn’t specify this.