A beta preview: supervised users

October 22nd, 2013

As someone who has helped numerous family members get online for the first time, I know how rewarding it can be. I enjoy sitting down with my daughter, watching her eyes light up at new favorites we find together on the web. Like many of you, I also find it important to keep family members protected from websites that may be inappropriate. To help those who may need some guidance browsing the web, we’re kicking off a beta channel preview of a new feature called supervised users.

Let’s say you’ve recently purchased the new HP Chromebook 11 and want to share it with your son. He’ll be able to use your Chromebook as a supervised user. This means once you’ve created a supervised user for him on your Chromebook, you’ll be able to visit to review a history of web pages he has visited, determine sites that you want to allow or block, and manage permissions for any blocked websites he has requested to view.

We hope this new feature helps you share Chromebooks with everyone in your family. Additionally, you can try an early version of supervised users on Chrome beta for Windows, Mac and Linux, too. This is just the beginning — we’d love to get your feedback on features you’d like to see. If you’re on the beta channel, supervised users will begin rolling out this week. Give it a try, and let us know what you think!

Posted by Pam Greene, Software Engineer and surf instructor