Make sure your children stay safe online with these tools.
Chrome OS doesn't have a formal set of parental controls yet, but they are a priority for the development team. For technology savvy parents, you can opt into the beta supervised user program. In the meantime, you can still use the following tools to help protect your children online.
No matter which tools you use, or which type of computer you own, the best defense against dangers online is an informed user. You can start a conversation with your child early without needing to tell them about all of the potential dangers from the start. Teaching them how to spot unsafe situations, and how to react in them, will go a long way to keeping them safe both online and offline.
Technology savvy parents may want to consider enabling OpenDNS on their home routers. By routing your network's DNS requests through OpenDNS, you can selectively block individual websites or entire categories of content. It is free for non-commercial use, and can be a very powerful tool for not only preventing unsavory content from being displayed, but also preventing malicious files from being downloaded.
Note: This can be an advanced task, so it is not recommended for non-savvy users.
There is a new feature for parents called "supervised users" that is undergoing beta testing. It allows you to create local accounts, not tied to a Google Account, that can be remotely controlled by you. This means you can remotely monitor which sites your children are visiting. You can block sites on demand, and better control what content they see.
This feature has not yet been released, but it is in a public beta stage, meaning anyone who wants to try it can.