Browser Parental Controls: How To Set Them Up

The Bark Team | June 01, 2018 | Internet Safety Tips

Parental control guide illustrated by a blue Nintendo controller, Android phones, a Switch, the YouTube logo, and more

Concerned parents should consider browser parental controls when setting up the devices they provide their kids.

As a parent living in the digital age, it can often seem difficult to control the media that your child consumes. While you trust that your child will make the best decisions, the internet can be a black hole. Digital parenting takes effort and understanding.

To help you out, here's some info on the top 5 browser parental controls. To dive deeper, click on the name of the specific browser for detailed how-to instructions:


  • Ability to enable parental controls for the child's account under "Accounts"
  • Parents can allow access to specific sites
  • Time restrictions available for weekdays and weekends
  • Websites the child has visited/attempted to visit are viewable
  • Can see what apps the child used


  • Ability to add child to "people" with access to the account
  • Website restrictions available
  • Safe search feature available
  • No screen-time features

It is important to note that these are the current features of Chrome's parental controls, but Google has notified the public that new features will be launched later this year. It is not clear whether this is the completed version.

We also have a Bark plug-in for Chrome browsing that you can activate here (this will monitor and alert parents who are currently signed up for Bark and have connected their children's accounts).


  • No built-in feature for parental controls
  • Extension available that provides controls
  • Can change parental controls on the computer itself

Internet Explorer

  • No built-in feature for parental controls
  • Must enable content advisor ratings to control internet use
  • Many categories that parents have the ability to block (ex. "Depiction of alcohol use")
  • Can use a slider to indicate how much the child sees
  • List of approved and disapproved websites

Microsoft created this landing page to inform you of the various family features they offer, and this overview of the various options. Note: Not all features are available in all markets.


  • Website restrictions available
  • Ability to omit all images
  • Can install an extension for more features

Final Thoughts

We just want to protect our children from viewing harmful or explicit content online. Fortunately, a combination of open (congoing) communication and parental control features can go a long way in helping them. Knowing about the options you have when it comes to internet browsing for your child is incredibly important. Having a community to reach out to is also a plus. If you aren't already a part of Parenting in a Tech World, a private Facebook group, request to join now.

To further protect your tween or teen from ever-evolving threats coming through social media, text messaging, email, and more, add Bark to your home and mobile defenses.

About Bark

Bark is a comprehensive online safety solution that empowers families to monitor content, manage screen time, and filter websites to help protect their kids online. Our mission is to give parents and guardians the tools they need to raise kids in the digital age.