Browsers and Mail How to Allow or Block Websites for Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge

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Microsoft has adopted the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility. This new Microsoft Edge runs on the same Chromium web engine as the Google Chrome browser, offering you best in class web compatibility and performance.

The new Chromium based Microsoft Edge is supported on all versions of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server (2016 and above), Windows Server (2008 R2 to 2012 R2), and macOS.

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 90.0.800.0, you can now browse in Kids Mode. Kids Mode is a convenient browsing mode inside Microsoft Edge that’s designed for kids. With its kid-friendly features and safety guardrails in place, Kids Mode is a great place for children to safely explore the web. Kids Mode includes features like custom browser themes, kid-friendly content, browsing based on an allow list, Bing SafeSearch set to strict, and a password requirement to exit. Also, Kids Mode doesn't require a Microsoft Family child account or profile.

When you start browsing in Kids Mode, Microsoft Edge will always launch in Kids Mode until you exit Kids Mode.

You don't have to be signed into the Microsoft Edge browser to use Kids Mode, but signing in will allow the Kids Mode settings to sync across your devices.

By default, all websites are blocked in Kids Mode unless included or added to the allowed list, or the kid gets permission to allow the website only for the current browsing session.

See also: Learn more about Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge | Microsoft Support

This tutorial will show you how to allow or block websites for Kids Mode browsing in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

Currently, Kids Mode is limited to US English on Windows and MacOS.



Contents

  • Option One: Grant Permission for Website Only During Current Kids Mode Browsing Session
  • Option Two: Add Website to Allow List to Always Allow Website in Kids Mode
  • Option Three: Remove Website from Allow List to Block Website in Kids Mode





OPTION ONE

Grant Permission for Website Only During Current Kids Mode Browsing Session


1 Open Microsoft Edge, and start Kids Mode.

2 When a child visits a website not on the allow list while in Kids Mode, they will encounter a block page. Click/tap on Get permission. (see screenshot below)

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3 Enter the current user account's credentials to allow the website only during the current Kids Mode browsing session. (see screenshot below)

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4 The blocked page will refresh and the website will only be allowed for the current browsing session. This will not add the blocked site to the allow list.





OPTION TWO

Add Website to Allow List to Always Allow Website in Kids Mode


1 Open Microsoft Edge, and do not start Kids Mode.

2 Click/tap on the Settings and more (Alt+F) button (3 dots). (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on Family on the left side, and click/tap on Manage allowed sites in Kids Mode on the right side under the Kids Mode section.

If you do not see a left pane, then either click/tap on the 3 bars menu button towards the top left OR widen the horizontal borders of the Microsoft Edge window until you do.


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4 Click/tap on the Add website button. (see screenshot below)

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5 Enter the URL for the website (ex: "windowsq.com") you want to allow, and click/tap on Add. (see screenshot below)

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6 When finished added websites to the allowed list, you can close the Settings tab if you like.





OPTION THREE

Remove Website from Allow List to Block Website in Kids Mode


1 Open Microsoft Edge, and do not start Kids Mode.

2 Click/tap on the Settings and more (Alt+F) button (3 dots). (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on Family on the left side, and click/tap on Manage allowed sites in Kids Mode on the right side under the Kids Mode section.

If you do not see a left pane, then either click/tap on the 3 bars menu button towards the top left OR widen the horizontal borders of the Microsoft Edge window until you do.


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4 Click/tap on the Close (X) button to the right of the website (ex: "windowsq.com") you want to remove from the allow list. (see screenshot below)

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5 When finished removing websites from the allowed list, you can close the Settings tab if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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