How To Setup Parental Controls on a Chromebook

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This tutorial describes how to setup Mobicip's powerful web filter & parental controls for Chromebook.

Note: If you are a Business or School that purchased Chromebook Management Console licenses, skip to this tutorial - How to Setup a Web Filter on Managed Chromebooks.

Chromebook Setup

1. The very first account used to login on a Chromebook is designated as the 'Owner' account, which has special privileges. You may want to login using your own Google/Gmail account the first time on a new Chromebook to ensure that you retain the 'Owner' privileges.

2. To prevent workarounds, there are couple of things you need to setup while logged in as the 'Owner'.

- Open chrome://settings. Under People, enable Screen Lock option.

Chromebook parental controls - Screenshot of require password to wake from screen setting

- Click on 'Manage other users' and disable guest mode, and add the Google account(s) that you wish to allow on this Chromebook, for instance, your son/daughter's Gmail account.

Chrome parental controls - Screenshot of device restrictions

3. Logout of the 'Owner' account.

Chromebook Parental Controls Setup

Login using the Google account that is to be monitored on the Chromebook, for example, your son/daughter's gmail account.

1. Click here to go to the Chrome Web Store and install Mobicip.

Mobicip Chrome Web Store

Add Mobicip extension confirm

2. Enter your Mobicip username and password, then select the filter profile you wish to apply to this device.

Screenshot of Mobicip login screen

NOTE: If the Mobicip account has only one user profile, the page to choose profile will not be shown.

3. You will see a page with instructions to install a certificate. Complete the steps on this page.

Mobicip certificate warning message

4. Go to chrome://extensions page and tick the "Allow in Incognito" checkbox. This enables Mobicip filtering in Incogtino mode as well.

5. Open Chrome settings menu, scroll down and select "Show advanced settings".  Under 'Privacy and security', disable the 'Use a Prediction service to load pages more quickly' option.

6. Right click on the Mobicip icon on the toolbar and select 'Hide in Chrome menu'.

7. Logout of the account on the Chromebook and login again.

Enable Notification

Please note that it is easy to disable an extension on Chromebook. To serve as a deterrent, enable Mobicip to notify you when there is no activity reported on the Chromebook. Open the Mobicip Portal or App and select My Mobicip > My Profile from the menu and check if 'Device Inactivity Alert' is on.

Alert parent when device is inactive

That is it! You should be all set. The Chromebook is now protected by Mobicip. Login at from any browser or computer or use the Mobicip app in Parent Mode to manage your settings and monitor usage.

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