Kids Mode on Microsoft Edge: What It Is and How to Use It

Your kids will have more fun browsing the web safely

What to Know

  • Open Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge by selecting your profile image and enabling Kids Mode.
  • Set up the age setting for your child in the initial wizard, or configure it in the Family section of your Edge profile settings.
  • Add or remove allowed websites in the Family section of your Edge profile settings.

If you have kids and you want them to use the internet on your computer, Kids Mode on Microsoft Edge can help. In this article you'll learn what Kids Mode is and how to use it.

What Is Kids Mode on Microsoft Edge?

When you turn on Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge, Edge will enable a content filter limiting which sites your child can visit. Kids Mode comes pre-installed with some child-friendly sites, and you can edit this list at any time as the parent.

Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge also fills the entire screen, so your child won't be distracted by your desktop or tempted to click on your taskbar and open other applications. Some other features of Kids Mode include:

  • Any website tracking scripts are blocked during use.
  • Web searches are limited by the Edge SafeSearch filter.
  • Any settings changes or leaving Kids Mode requires you to enter your computer password or pin.

Kids Mode is ideal to use if your child is between the ages of 5 and 12 years old. You'll have the option to configure Kids Mode between two age ranges, and you can modify this setting at any time.

How Do I Turn on Kids Mode on Edge?

Enabling Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge is as simple as selecting your profile and enabling it. There is a short setup wizard you'll need to walk through first.

  1. The Kids Mode feature is only available after Microsoft Edge version 90. Make sure you have the latest version by opening Edge and visiting edge://settings/help. The browser will automatically update to the latest version.

    Screenshot of updating Microsoft Edge
  2. To open Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge, select your profile image and select Browse in Kids Mode.

    Screenshot of profile in Microsoft Edge
  3. In the Welcome pop-up window, select Get Started.

    Screenshot of getting started in kids mode
  4. Choose the age group for your child. Options here are either 5-8 years or 9-12 years.

    Screenshot of selecting age in Kids Mode
  5. When you're done, Edge will open in full-screen kids mode. You'll notice the Windows taskbar disappears, and so does the tab and URL section of the browser at the top.

    Screenshot of Microsoft Edge Kids Mode active

    Keep in mind Microsoft Edge Kids Mode does not disable the URL field or tabs. Nor does it block computer access. They can still move the cursor to the top of the screen to access the URL field and tabs. And selecting Exit Kids Mode from the profile menu will make the Windows taskbar appear and it is still functional. You should still set up parental controls on your computer.

  6. Your child can select the Colors and background button to change the theme and background for Microsoft Edge kids mode.

    Screenshot of changing Kids Mode theme
  7. At any point, if your child attempts to visit a site not on the allowed sites list, they will see an error screen. The error screen allows them to select Get permission so they can ask you if they can access that website.

    Screenshot of blocked page in Kids Mode

How to Allow or Disallow Sites for Kids Mode

You can edit the list of sits your child is allowed to visit. However, you'll need to do this when you're logged into your own account and Edge is not in Kids Mode.

  1. Select your profile image, and select Manage profile settings from the menu.

    Screenshot of account settings
  2. On the Settings page, select Family from the left navigation pane. Then select Manage allowed sites in Kids Mode from the right pane.

    Screenshot of accessing sites list
  3. This will display a list of allowed websites. To allow a new one, select Add website.

    Screenshot of adding a website for Kids Mode
  4. Type the URL of the website, and select Add.

    Screenshot of adding a new page to kids mode

How Do I Take My Computer off Kids Mode?

Your child will not be able to leave Microsoft Edge Kids Mode without your permission. You'll need to enter your computer password or PIN in order to do this.

  1. Move the cursor to the top of the screen to make the URL bar visible and select Kids Mode.

    Screenshot of selecting Kids Mode in top menu
  2. Select Exit Kids Mode window.

    Screenshot of Exit Kids Mode button in Edge
  3. Enter your computer password or PIN and Microsoft Edge will revert back to regular mode again.

    Screenshot of entering PIN to leave Kids Mode
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