How to Set Parental Controls on Firefox

by Christina Shaffer

Setting up parental controls on a web browser allows you to manage which sites your children can access when they are online. Though the Firefox browser does not feature built-in parental controls, parents can install a third-party extension to filter explicit material on the web. After installing the parental control add-on, you can create a safe environment by editing specific safety and security features that are included with the add-on. Depending on the security features you would like installed in your browser, you may be required to provide a small monetary contribution.


Go to the official Mozilla site, highlight the "Add-Ons" button and select the "Firefox Add-ons" option.


Perform a search for security add-ons by typing "Parental Control" in the Mozilla search box. A list of available parental control add-ons, such as FoxFilter, ProCon Latte, Suricate and Kid Mode, will appear on the page.


Review the functionality of each available add-on and select your preferred option by clicking on the "Add to Firefox" button. Depending on the add-on you choose, you may need purchase the add-on and register for an account.


Click on the "Install Now" button to begin the installation process. After installing the add-on, you will be prompted to restart Firefox to complete the installation process.


Edit the Internet filter and security features for your new parental control. To edit the add-on features, click on the "Tools" tab and select the "Add-ons" option. After the "Add-ons" window appears on your screen, click on the "Options" button and enable your new parental controls.

About the Author

Christina Shaffer is a freelance writer based in New Jersey and has been writing arts and entertainment articles since 2005. Her articles have appeared in "Philadelphia City Paper." Shaffer received a B.A. in journalism and gender studies at Rutgers University.

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