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Enable parental controls in the Play Store

Protecting your children online means ensuring that they can’t access potentially harmful apps. From the child’s Android phone or Chrome OS device, navigate to “Parental controls” under “User controls.” Set up a personal identification number (PIN) that your child won’t guess.

Take advantage of blocking certain websites from your network

Let’s say you share a network with your employees or family members. If one person visits a risky website and infects their computer with malware, all other devices on the network will be at risk. To avoid this, use content/parental controls either at the browser level (easiest) or from within your router/gateway settings.

Use parental controls on services like Netflix and YouTube

Both of these video streaming services allow for password-protected parent controls to limit what children can see. On YouTube in particular, these protections are useful for protecting your kids from the misinformation campaigns and scams that are widespread on the site.

Enable parental controls to limit the content your kids can see

If you are a parent, you might wish to restrict your family’s access to certain apps or sites. All major computing platforms have features allowing you to do so. For example, you can disable specific programs for individual users, monitor a child’s device and/or require your express approval for any purchases.