How to set up a Chromebook for a Child?
Chromebooks have been on the market since 2011 and have become very popular with educators. They operate on Google’s Chrome OS, and function primarily online.
Because they use Google apps, such as Google Docs and Gmail, they store all work automatically online, so that you can log onto any computer to access important documents.
As more education moves to an online platform, Chromebooks allow students and teachers to interact through Google Classroom. Furthermore, multiple people can use the same Chromebook without accessing others’ information.
Why give your child a Chromebook?
There are several reasons to choose a chromebook over a laptop for your child. They are inexpensive, easy to use, and allow more parental oversight. These three points give parents’ ease of mind as they introduce their offspring to technology.
Prices start below $200, but the most recommended versions for education are between $300 and $400. They certainly aren’t cheap, but they update continuously, are physically durable and will last for many years without becoming outdated.
Because the apps update themselves as newer versions become available, they never need to be reset like a Windows OS. The constant updates occur in the background and fix bugs and security issues.
They are designed to survive drops and basic wear and tear, and some are even water-resistant. The combined physical strength and updates make it a sound investment.
2: Ease of Use
Once the setup is complete, depending on the age of the child, the parent can help the child learn how to use certain features or the child can explore on his or her own.
If a child is not yet old enough to read and write, SafeSearch and YouTubeKids have microphones to assist the child in finding what they need using speech to text.
Older children will enjoy the feeling of freedom to explore the internet without their parents worrying about damage to a work laptop. The safety oversights prevent children from unwittingly downloading a virus. Most apps are easy to understand, especially when they are age-appropriate.
3: Parental Control
During setup and after, the parents will always be able to monitor when, where and how long the children access certain apps or websites. Filters can be adjusted as the child ages. The minor account will always be linked to the adult account, so the parents can supervise downloads, screen time and more.
How to set up a Chromebook for a Child easily?
Setting up a Chromebook for a Child is very easy. The adults will need their own Google accounts first so that the children and adult accounts can be linked.
Once the adult account is complete, go to the Chromebook main screen and select add account. In the first box, select create account and enter the child’s information. Once the child enters name and birthdate, they can choose a system generated GMail address, or they can make their own.
Then they are directed to have the adult fill out the rest of the information. The adult logs in and confirms the setup, and then they agree to the Family link and Google Terms of Service. The account is now active and ready to use.
Steps to set up a Chromebook for a child
- Open Chromebook and select add account
- Enter child’s first and last name
- Enter adult or child’s phone number and verify by entering the code that comes through text
- Enter date of birth and gender of the child- Google does have options besides male and female
- Choose a system generated GMail address or create one
- Choose a password using letters, numbers and symbols. The parent will have to authorize any changes to the password.
- The adult must enter their own GMail and password
- The adult must agree to the Family Link and allow the new account to join the family group
- Verify the child’s information
- Agree and Confirm adult consent through email, phone or credit card.
- There is a tutorial available after the account is active, if the parents and children are interested
Google Family Link
The Google Family Link is the main method for the adults to maintain all minor accounts as the Family Manager. This adult can add other adults to monitor minors, create accounts for other children and adjust settings and passwords.
The Manager can set screen time and block apps or websites. They can see which apps are used and for how long and remotely set time limits or lock the device.
All aspects can be tracked remotely, including the location of the device if the child is signed in and using it.
SafeSearch for Google Search
SafeSearch is the safest way for a child to search the internet. Offensive and inappropriate language and images are automatically filtered out of the children’s search, so an adult doesn’t have to monitor all activity as closely. The settings allow the adult to determine how strict the filters will be, and these can be adjusted as the child grows.
Google is the parent company of YouTube, and as such, it runs YouTube Kids as well. The YouTube Kids app automatically filters out any content that is not kid friendly. It features many educational and entertaining videos. Parents are also able to manage filters and content.
Google Family Link and Safe Search are not intended to replace a parent’s oversight. The safety features add to the security and wellbeing of children’s internet experiences, but adults still must actively review the child’s activity.
With an email address, a child can send and receive messages, create, view and share documents, and access GooglePlay. It is still necessary for an adult to audit a child’s internet communications and activities.
Allowing a child to have their own technological devices and access to the internet, is a decision that each family must make for themselves. They need to consider a child’s age, development, and interests.
When the family and child are ready, a Chromebook is an excellent choice due to its price and safety features. Setup is quick and simple, as is monitoring a child’s use.