Microsoft Edge Gains New 'Kids Mode' for Safer Web Browsing

Microsoft has released a new Kids Mode for its popular Edge browser that allows children to discover the web in a fun way while limiting their access to only approved sites.

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Aimed at pre-teens, Kids Mode can be accessed via the profile button in the toolbar, although it doesn't require a child account or a profile to use. It offers options for age ranges 5-8 and 9-12 years old.

Both ranges provide the highest level of tracking protection and use Bing's SafeSearch to filter out adult content from searches, but the 9-12 range adds a news feed to the tab with curated articles from MSN for Kids that includes subjects like science, fun facts, and animals.

Microsoft includes 70 popular kids' sites in its built-in whitelist, and parents and guardians can add more sites if they choose. If a kid tries to navigate to a site outside of that allowed list, they’ll be greeted with a friendly block page, encouraging them to either ask for permission or try navigating elsewhere.

Kids Mode features customizable themes that include Disney and Pixar wallpapers, and Microsoft believes it will be a "game-changer" for parents, with children spending more time online. Kids Mode is available in the browser's latest updates for iOS and Mac.

Top Rated Comments

orbital~debris Avatar
10 weeks ago
Love that start page background picture, looks very welcoming for children.

The screenshot looks to be from Windows. Does the macOS version also have the purple interface?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mthomas80 Avatar
10 weeks ago
Smart move in my opinion
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Adoniram Avatar
10 weeks ago
This is awesome. Kids mode + ad blocker = win. Once they switched to chromium, it became a real option but now it's even better.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Maconplasma Avatar
10 weeks ago

Love that start page background picture, looks very welcoming for children.
And for the adults. It’s a very cool background. Reminds me not to take life so seriously sometimes.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
somnolentsurfer Avatar
10 weeks ago
Not having the time to go and test it while I should be working, is it automatically enabled for existing kids accounts? Am I going to be facing a revolt as soon as the kids log into the PC?

More importantly, can I enable that start page for standard adult accounts? It's looks much nicer than the regular one full of advertising and gossip stories!
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
daabido Avatar
10 weeks ago

Not having the time to go and test it while I should be working, is it automatically enabled for existing kids accounts? Am I going to be facing a revolt as soon as the kids log into the PC?

More importantly, can I enable that start page for standard adult accounts? It's looks much nicer than the regular one full of advertising and gossip stories!
You can change the start page to show no superflous additions. Hit the cog in the top right hand corner, click custom, turn content off and background image off too if you want.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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