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How to Setup Chromebook for Your Child (Best Guide)

Children are the primary users of Chromebooks in classrooms. The barring of adult information by schools makes the gadget more appropriate for kids. Here’s how to set up the Chromebook, make it safer, and provide your kid with a better experience if you decide to give him or her a Chromebook on your own.

Your kid requires a child account before they can set up a Chromebook. Google has revealed an improved setup procedure that is simpler and more direct. Owners of Chromebooks can create a kid account and sign in straight from the setup procedure.

What you should know about Child Accounts

A child’s account is distinct from a typical Google account. Using the Family Link app, you can create a kid account in contrast to a regular Google account. As a result, the child’s account will remain under your control and be under your oversight. Using the kid account has several benefits.

  • Internet pornographic material should be limited.
  • Control the applications they have access to.
  • Manage the daily use limit.
  • Boundaries around bedtime.
  • Access to a location.

No worries if your youngster already has a Google account. Using the Family Link app, you can turn that account into a kid account.

How to Setup Chromebooks for Children

1. To turn on the Chromebook, open the lid. If you are already logged in, go to the bottom and choose the Add person option. You can simply skip this step and proceed with the setup procedure if the kid account is the first account you’re going to set up.

2. To set up the Chromebook for your kid, choose the A child option and press Next.

3. From this point, you can either sign in using an existing kid account or create a new one. Create a Google Account for a Kid by clicking if your child doesn’t already have one. However, if your kid already has an account, you may forego creating one from scratch. To continue with the sign-in procedure, select Sign in using a child’s Google Account and skip to step 13.

4. After doing so, click Next and input the person’s first and last name.

5. After that, enter the child’s birthdate and gender and click Next.

6. Select a child’s email address and press Next.

7. Create an account password for the youngster now. To proceed, click Next one more.

8. When a parent’s email address is requested, enter yours and choose Next.

9. Next, input the password for your ‘parents’ Google account to confirm the parent account. Once finished, choose Next to confirm. If you have enabled 2-step verification for your Google Account, then complete the setup.

11. Choose the option to install Family Link for parents on your smartphone on the next page. This will enable you to remotely manage your child’s account by installing the Family Link app on your phone. Once finished, choose Next.

12. Decide which device you want the Family Link app installed on. Also, you have the option to install the app on several devices so that you can access your child’s account from any of the devices you choose.

A kid account has already been created by you. However, it won’t sign you in to your Chromebook immediately. You’ll be prompted to manually log in using the recently created kid account.

13. It will now start the sign-in procedure. To access your child’s account, enter their email address and password.

14. The Chromebook will ask for your consent or the approval of your parents. Enter your password and the email address of the parent. Also, if you have activated 2-step verification, finish it. By doing this, you can ensure that your kid won’t sign onto any new devices without your consent.

15. You will now be prompted with the option to link the child’s account to his or her school account. To sign in using that information, click Add school account. It will offer to move between accounts in the Chrome browser rather than merging the two accounts. If your kid doesn’t have a child account, you may skip.

16. Click Accept and proceed to provide access to Chrome Sync and other Google services.

17. To limit access to this account, now create a pin for the Chromebook. Your youngster doesn’t need to sign in with their Google account password each time. Simply type in the PIN.

18. Google will now prompt you to accept or decline its request for privacy permissions.

19. Next, configure the Google Assistant by selecting I agree and teaching the child’s voice to the Google Assistant, or choose No thanks to skip.

You are now ready to go. Your child’s Chromebook is now properly configured.

The bottom line on Setting Up a Chromebook for Your Child

Open Chrome OS settings > Accounts > Parental Controls to turn an existing Google account that your kid is using into a child account. We hope that your kid is now browsing the internet securely and that you have full control, or at least as much control as is necessary, over his or her activity. 

Nowadays children are intelligent, thus nothing can be taken for granted. Be engaged and interested in what they are doing rather than being inactive. Allowing them some solitude but still offering to point them in the proper route when necessary.