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How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Parental controls on any digital system or service are important, both for protecting innocent children from inappropriate content and for protecting your systems from mischievous kids. Windows 10 provides child accounts and family groups to limit content, screen time, and more.

What Parental Controls Does Windows 10 Offer?

Just as you log into your account to access any Windows device, you can create a child account that’s easy to monitor and regulate. All parental controls are set for the child account by the parent account, including:

  • Generating activity reports on app or game use, browser history, web searches, and screen time
  • Limiting screen time for Windows 10 or Xbox One through weekly schedules
  • Restricting app and game use for each device
  • Blocking inappropriate websites and apps
  • Managing the child’s wallet and purchasing permissions in the Microsoft Store
  • Tracking the child’s location on an Android device running Microsoft Launcher (or a Windows 10 phone)

How to Create a Child Account in Windows 10

To access your Windows 10 accounts, open the Start menu and select the cog icon.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Click on “Accounts” to access the Accounts Settings menu.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Alternatively, you can access the Accounts Settings menu by opening the Start menu, typing “account,” and selecting the “Manage Your Account” option.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Select the “Family & Other Users” tab on the left and then click on the plus sign (+) next to “Add A Family Member.”

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Select “Add A Member.” If your child has an email address, enter it here and click “Next.” If not, you can click “Create An Email Address For A Child” to set up a free email account for them through Microsoft Outlook.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Assuming this child is under 13, their child account will be ready to go. If you’re creating an account for someone older than 13, you could fudge their date of birth during account creation.

How to Manage Parental Controls for Windows 10

While you can create your child’s account directly in Windows 10, you will be directed to the Microsoft Family website to manage and monitor the accounts you’ve created for your family. You can still create users from this website. To access this website from the “Family & Other Users” window, click “Manage Family Settings Online.”

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

From the Microsoft Family website, you can view each of the accounts that you’ve added. All parental control settings are turned off by default, so you’ll need to enable each feature individually. This also helps to give you a better understanding of each feature.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Select “Activity” under any account and enable the “Activity Reporting” toggle. This lets you track the activity of this account either through regular email reports or by returning to this menu at any time.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Once Activity Reporting is enabled, scroll down to enable additional restrictions on apps and games, web browsing, and screen time by clicking “Turn On Restrictions” next to each respective feature. You can also click the tabs at the top of the page to access, enable, and manage any of those features. The Family Safety website explains how they all work.

These monitoring solutions extend across all of your family’s Windows 10’s computers as well as the Xbox One.

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Actually, you can download Windows Live Familiy Safety: and get many of the features of Parental Control. I’m not sure if it includes limiting computer access time (it might but it doesn’t mention it), but some versions of Windows include reports on how much time was spent online so you can at least know after the fact (and again, it doesn’t specify which versions it applies to). But it’s worth a try seeing as Vista’s Parental Controls aren’t available in XP.

Here’s an article on how to add controls in XP to limit online access time: This may do the trick for what you want here.

I hope this helps.

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Himanshu Yadav

19 Apr 2010

With the advent of Windows Vista , a new feature called Windows Parental controls was introduced. This feature allows parents to supervise PC usage of their kids. It lets them decide the kind of access, be it for programs or games or websites, they want their kids to have.

This guide will cover all the aspects of Windows parental controls and how to set it up. It’s almost the same for Windows Vista and Windows 7, except for one or two changes which we would talk about.


This feature is available in most of the Windows Vista and Windows 7 versions. In Windows Vista it is available on Home basic, Home premium and Ultimate editions. You won’t find it on the Business edition.

In Windows 7 it is available in Windows 7 Starter, Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate versions.

How to Activate Parental Controls

Click on “Start” button. Type parental controls on the search box and press enter.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Now click on the account of your kid on which you want to apply the parental controls feature. You can create a new user account if there is only one user account on your computer. (Here I clicked on account name “Children” to demonstrate all the features).

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Under your child’s account, select the option “On, enforce current setting” to switch on the parental controls. Now you can see there are various options. There is option for time limits, games and allow or block specific programs.

The screenshot is for Windows 7. In Windows Vista, you’ll find one more option called Windows Vista Web Filter. We’ll talk about it later in this tutorial.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Time Limits

You can decide the time for which your kids can use the computer through the “Time Limits” option. Look at the screenshot. Here each box represents an hour of the day. Just hold your mouse left button and drag on the hours you want to block. Your action makes the dragged area blue in color.

The blue color indicates the time for which your kid won’t be allowed to logon. White color indicates, he is allowed to logon only for that time period.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

If your child will try to log into the computer in restricted time period, he will get a notification as shown in screenshot below.

Game Control

Click on the Games link on the main page of parental controls. You will be asked to choose an option if your child plays games or not. Select “Yes” if he does. Now click on “Set Game ratings” to decide the games that are suitable for him to play.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

You can decide which games your kids can play based on the games rating. If you select Everyone 10+ (third option from the top), each option prior to it will be selected along with it. You can block your kid from playing violent and mature games.

There is an option to block games by type of content it contains. Scroll down the current page and you’ll get plenty of check boxes. Check those which you think is suitable for your child.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Now go back to Game control setting page again and click on “Block or allow specific games”. Here you can block or allow games which are present in Windows by default.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Allow Or Block Specific Programs

On the main settings panel, there is a link to “allow or block specific program”. Click on it to decide which programs your child can access.

Select the option “Children(Account name) can only use the programs I allow”. Windows will scan all the programs present on your computer and display it on the same window. Now check the box next to those programs which you want to allow for your kids. You can use “Check all” to check all of them at once.

If any program is not listed then you could select it with the help of “Browse” button. After selecting the programs click OK.

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Web Filtering (Available In Vista)

This option is available only in Windows Vista though you can download Windows Live Family Safety to get it in Windows 7. We’ll save that for a post later.

For now, lets stick to the default option in Vista. If you are a Vista user, to activate web filter click on “Windows Vista Web Filter” link on the parental controls window.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

On the next screen, check the option “Block some websites or content” to manually add websites of your choice to allow or block. Also check the box next to “Only allow websites which are on the allow list”. Now you have to add the sites manually. Click on “Edit the Allow and block list”.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Here, enter the name of websites you want to allow or block. For example I typed and clicked on “Block” because I want to block this website. Similarly I typed and clicked on “Allow”.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

That was how you configure parental controls in Windows. You could set it up individually for different user accounts.

If you are aware of any tips and tricks related to this Windows feature then do tell us in comments. Also, we’d love to get your feedback on this article.

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Parental controls let you dictate what a person can and can’t do on the Internet. To set parental controls in Windows Vista, you must own an Administrator account. The administrator can follow these steps:

1 Open the Control Panel from the Start menu and choose Parental Controls in the User Accounts and Family Safety section.

If Vista’s built-in policeman says, A program needs your permission to continue, feel free to click the Continue button.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

2 Click the user account you want to restrict.

Vista only lets you add parental controls to one user account at a time.

When you choose a user account, the Parental Controls screen appears. The next steps take you through each section of the controls.

3 Turn the parental controls on or off.

The Parental Controls area first presents two switches, letting you turn monitoring on or off: Parental Controls and Activity Reporting.

4 Set the Windows Vista Web Filter to determine what parts of the Web your child may visit.

The Web Filter lets you choose the parts of the Internet your child may view. To block some Web sites, click Edit the Allow and Block List. There, you can punish your child by keeping her off of for one week, for example. For ultimate control, block every Web site by clicking the Only Allow Websites Which Are on the Allow List box, and then adding a few safe sites to the allowed list.

5 Choose whether to allow file downloads and then click OK.

The final box at this page’s bottom lets you stop your child from downloading files, an easy way to keep them from downloading and installing programs without your knowledge. However, checking this box may also keep him from downloading files needed for schoolwork.

6 Add restrictions on time limits, games, and specific programs and then set activity reports, clicking OK after each.

This huge category lets you block specific things on your PC rather than the Internet.

7 Click OK to exit parental controls.

Your computer is now set to allow or forbid the various activities that you addressed in Parental Controls.

Children Safety, In this term, there are 2 different perspectives to see. First is on their mental problem when exposed to the adult sites and videos. Second is the Logical stress facing the malicious scripts (Viruses, Spyware, and so on).

Vista has a great Parental Control for your children. Parental Control is design for your Children Safety and avoids them from any harmful contents and sites.Vista has done a great move in this section.

By integrated the system with an advance but easy navigated parental Control, Vista make every parent feel “safe” using them as their children’s PC OS.

What you can do with Vista’s Parental Control ?

With Vista’s Parental Control do the following task easily:

  • Parent can define which site their children are restricted (Normal Parenting Control)
  • Parent can limit the download processes (this one sound’s interesting because you can prevent your children to download adult movies that have a big sizes)
  • Parent use the “Time limit” for each of the computer user (this sounds promising because if your children interact to much with computer, there will be a health problems occur)
  • One more interesting feature that Vista has is that it can block application from running without permission. This is practically important because if you manage to lock all media player for playing movies, you can decrease the “opportunities” of your children to open adult movies.

Below is the mini guide to set your parental control in Vista:

  1. From the ‘Control Panel’ Window, Choose the ‘User Account’ and click the ‘Manage Another Account’
  2. Choose and click on the desired account (example: ‘Jennifer’)
  3. Click ‘Set up Parental Controls’
  4. Choose one account that you want to control (example: ‘Jennifer’) and Vista will pop-up the Parental Controls setup window
  5. Click ‘On’ in the Parental Controls. And all components will light up (including an option labeled ‘Up to ADULT ONLY’)
  6. Choose ‘On’ in the ‘Activity Reporting’ option
  7. Click other option, like ‘Web restrictions’. After the process, the next window will come up
  8. Choose ‘On’ again at the option ‘Do you want to block some web content?’
  9. Next, decide which content that you want to block in the ‘Web Contents’ list (You may choose: ‘Pornography’ and ‘Sex Education’)
  10. Click OK to close the window and at the same time, ‘Jennifer’ has been protected!

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I am running Windows Vista on the family computer, which means that there are several different users. Is there a way for me to prevent other family members from accessing my school and work files or limiting access to the computer? I’ve heard Windows Vista provides some sort of feature to do this?

Windows Vista offers a new feature called Parental Controls that allow the Windows administrator designate access rights for a number of components for each user set up on your computer. Assuming that you are the administrator, you should create a separate user account for each family member using the computer.
In addition to security and Parental Controls reasons, keeping separate accounts also make sure that each user can keep his or her documents separate, thereby reducing the risk of accidental deletion, etc.
To set up Parental Controls:
1. Go to the Control Panel from the Windows Start menu.
2. Click User Accounts and Family Safety.
3. Click Parental Controls.
4. Click Continue in the User Account Control window.
5. Select the User Account from the Parental Controls window.
6. Select Parental Controls: On from the User Controls window.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista
Once you complete step 6, the above screen appears. Your current settings or restrictions for the account appear on the right-side of the screen. Under the Windows Settings area, you can set the following:

  • Windows Vista Web Filter: Block some or allow all Web sites, forbid downloads, or choose blocked content sensibility for a user account.
  • Time Limits: Determine when a user account can access the computer by selecting blocks of time for each day of the week.
  • Games: Allow or forbid a user account to play games; you can block/allow a specific game or apply game ratings. Game ratings are similar to movie ratings; you can tell Vista not to let a user account access any game above a certain rating.
  • Allow and Block Specific Programs: Allow or block access to specific applications on your computer for a given user account.

Once you modify any of these settings, the updated settings appear with their updated settings on the right-side of the screen.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista
To disable settings, simply click Off in the Parental Controls section in the above screen.

Are you having a tough time keeping your kids off video games and the Internet while you are not home? If you are using a computer running Windows 7, this will cease to be a worry. Windows 7 ships with a set of parental controls that allows you to have a rein over the applications and games that a user can launch on a PC. With this tool you will be able to block usage of games and applications by day and time, Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating, or by blocking the application altogether. The settings are specific to a user and can only be modified by the computer’s administrator.

This guide will show you how to get to these settings and walk you through the options you have available. If you have any comments or questions please use the comments form at the end of the article.

Software used: Windows 7 Ultimate.

How to Enable Parental Controls in Windows 7

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

1. Click on the Windows Orb to open the Start Menu.

2. Click on Control Panel.

3. When the Control Panel opens click on the Set up parental controls for any user under User Accounts and Family Safety.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

4. Click on the user to setup parental control settings.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

5. Enable Parental Controls by clicking On, enforce current settings.

A. With parental controls you will be able to limit when the selected user can use the computer, which games they can play, and block them from running specific applications.

6. Click on the Off link for each of the items you want to configure. We will go over each of the

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

A. You can set time limits by clicking on the small blocks to set the schedule. When the block is blue the hours are blocked. White indicates allowed computer use.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

A. When you click on Games you will have several options to control the games that can be played on the computer. You can completely disable all gameplay by clicking on Off.

B. Click on Set game ratings to select which type of games can be played (see screenshot below).

C. Click on Block or Allow specific games (screenshots below).

Control Games by ESRB Rating

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Specify that only games with a rating can be played. Select the ratings your child can play.

Specify Which Games Can Be Played

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

If the rating is not enough or the game you wish to block is not listed you can always skip the rating and block/unblock a specific game.

Specify Which Applications Users Can Use

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Check can only use the programs I allow. All you have to do is check the applications that can be used. If the application is not listed you can click on the Browse button to locate the application on the computer.

Once you have made the necessary changes, save the changes and verify the settings by signing-in to the user’s Windows account.

Make sure to check out our other guides that help you control what children do on the computer and online.

Setting up the Parental Controls feature in Windows 7 is a bit different than it was in Windows Vista, in part because the new parental controls interface is nowhere near as comprehensive as it used to be. You can, however, still use this feature to control most of how and when people can access the computer, as well as the Internet.

Parental Controls in Windows 7 no longer lets you filter Web site viewing by categories, nor list the Web sites and programs accessed by your children. Instead, Parental Controls offers only these three categories: Time Limits, Games, Allow or Block Programs.

To set Parental Controls, you must own an Administrator account, and you can only set the controls on accounts that are Standard accounts. If your children have their own PCs, create an Administrator account on their PCs for yourself and change their accounts to Standard.

Open the Start menu, choose Control Panel, locate the User Accounts and Family Safety section, and choose Set Up Parental Controls For Any User.

If necessary, click through the User Account Control warnings.

Click the user account you want to restrict.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

The Parental Controls screen appears. Windows 7 lets you add Parental Controls to only one user account at a time.

Turn the Parental Controls on.

Clicking Off suspends the parental control rules.

Choose the categories you’d like to enforce and set the limits on.

Click any of these three categories and make your changes.

Time limits: This option fetches a grid, letting you define the hours when your child should be restricted from using the PC. (The dark squares represent the forbidden hours.)

Games: You may allow or ban all games here, restrict access to games with certain ESRB ratings, and block or allow individual games.

Allow and Block Specific Programs: You can block all programs, or allow access to only a handful of programs by selecting the boxes next to their names in a long list.

Click OK to exit Parental Controls.

If you’d like more control, consider purchasing a third-party program that can add extra controls to Parental Controls, adding Web filtering, for example, to keep your children away from certain Web sites.

July 15, 2007, 6:31am EDT

The new Parental Controls in Windows Vista will allow you to filter the content your children can view on the web. You could, for instance, block your kids from using MySpace or other similar sites. Before you set this up, you should make sure your child has a non-administrator account so they can’t immediately reverse the changes.

Start by opening the Control Panel and select “Set up parental controls for any user” under the “User Accounts and Family Safety” heading.

You could also just type “Parental Controls” into the start menu search box to get there…

Now you should see a list of accounts, so click on your child’s account on the list. We’ll use Johnny as the child in this example.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Now you will see a screen with a whole bunch of options that we will discuss in future articles. Today we’re just trying to filter the web sites.

Under “Parental Controls”, click the radio button for “On” to turn on the parental controls. Now click on the “Windows Vista Web Filter” to take us to the next screen.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Now you’ll want to check the “Block some websites or content” radio button, and now you have a choice… You can check the box for “Only allow websites which are on the allow list”, which means you’ll have to add each site you are ok with to the list of allowed sites. We’ll choose that for this example.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Click the link for “Edit the Allow and block list” to take us to the next screen, which will allow us to specifically block or allow certain sites.

Enter in the website address of the sites you want to block or allow, and then click the Allow or Block button accordingly. Note that if you checked the “Only allow websites which are on the allow list” that you don’t have to add anything to the blocked list, as everything will be blocked by default.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Now when “Johnny” tries to go to he is greeted with the Parental Control screen.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Editor’s note: Don’t use these features as a substitute for watching what your kids are doing… kids are smart, and could find a way to get around these filters by installing another browser or using one of the many open proxies on the internet.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Using the Parental Control feature in Windows 8 helps you monitor the computer activity of your children. Here’s a look at setting up and using it.

Using Parental Controls for Windows 8 helps you monitor the computer activity of your children. Here’s a look at setting up and using it.

This is a feature that was introduced in Vista and included in Windows 7 too.

After you create a New User account in Windows 8, one of the setup options is to configure Parental Controls. It lets you block out games that aren’t age appropriate, block specific programs and set time limits on how long your children can use the computer.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

You can access Parental Controls by using the keyboard shortcut Win Key + W to bring up the Metro search screen. Then type: Parental and click Set Up Family Safety for Any User.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

After enabling Parental Controls, you can access its panel from the Desktop. Click on the kids’ account you want to add Parental Controls to.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Now set up how your child can use the PC. Make sure Family Safety is set to on. Then you might also want to select an Activity Report.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Web Filtering lets you set up rules on what your kids can view online. The option you select is based on your kids’ age and your best judgment. If you want them to watch certain sites, select the Allow List Only. Another setting that is wise for younger kids is to Block File Downloads, you’ll help keep your stem virus free.

This is the most extreme setting to limit sites that Parental Controls provides. Depending on the age and trust factor you have with your kids, choosing Child-Friendly or General Settings might be more appropriate.

All of the Parental Control settings do block Adult-themed content.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Now type in the sites you’ll allow them to visit or block. Obviously you can’t enter every site on the web, so everything you don’t allow is blocked. Then you’ll have to power to block additional sites too. For instance, maybe you don’t want to let your young ones on Facebook.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

When your kid is using the PC, they’ll only be able to visit the websites you allow. If a site is not allowed, they’ll get the following message. They can click the Ask for Permission button, that sends you an email of the site and whether or not you want to approve it.

Or, they can check out other child friendly sites if you’re at work.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

Time Limits lets you set the times of day they can use the computer. I find the most effective solution is to use Curfew. That lets you schedule the times of day your kids can access the PC.

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows Vista

If they try to access the PC at a time that isn’t allowed, the following message is displayed. If they want more time, they’ll need parents permission.

The key to using parental controls is to properly configure multiple accounts on your PC. Specifically, a parent’s account must be at the administrator level, or the parent must have access to an administrator-level account. Set up a standard user account for the child/teenager. Only standard user accounts can have parental controls applied.

To extend your parental fingers into the PC, and better regulate Junior’s computer use, you must activate the parental controls in Windows 7. Here’s how it’s done:

Open the Control Panel.

Choose Set Up Parental Controls for Any User beneath the heading User Accounts and Family Safety.

The Parental Controls window appears, listing all accounts on the computer.

Choose the account to control; click its icon.

The account must be a Limited account. If your kid doesn’t have a Limited account, change the account type to Limited using the Manage Another Account link in the main User Accounts window.

Close the Windows Live Family Safety Filter window if it appears.

Windows Live offers additional protection for your computer, but that service isn’t covered in this book.

In the User Controls window, choose On, Enforce Current Settings.

After the settings are enforced, you can apply the parental controls to the account you’re modifying.

The next several sections cover all the individual controls you can apply to the account.

You need to repeat the steps in this section for each kid’s account on your PC.

Microsoft offers parental controls in all their devices and operating systems to ensure that children do not access things that are not appropriate for their age. It is one exceedingly helpful feature but it can bother users a lot if it is constantly turned on. It would not let an adult who have the right to use every feature access everything either. Thus, turning it off is as significant as turning it on.

Different versions of Windows have different programs maintaining Family Safety. Consequently, there are different methods to turn them off. This article lists all methods that can be adopted to undo Family Safety in Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows 10.

For Windows 7 with Parental Control on

Hit the Start button on the extreme left of the taskbar. In the column on the right, you will find Control Panel. Click on the heading that says User Accounts and Family Safety. Once you are in it, you will see Parental Controls. Click on it and set it to off. This will turn off the parental controls that might be on for any user account.

For Windows 7, Vista and XP with Windows Essentials

Go to Control Panel as aforementioned and click Uninstall a Program that would be under the heading of Programs. In the list of programs populated, search for Windows Essentials. Select it and click Uninstall/Change. This option will be at the top of the list beside Organize. Next, uncheck the checkbox beside Family Safety and continue. Follow the rest of the instructions shown.

You can use Parental Controls to help manage how your children use the computer. For example, you can set limits on the hours that your children can use the computer, the games they can play, and the programs they can run.

When Parental Controls blocks access to a game or program, a notification is displayed that the program has been blocked. Your child can click a link in the notification to request permission for access to that game or program. You can allow access by entering your account information.

To set up Parental Controls for your child, you’ll need your own administrator user account. Before you get started, make sure each child that you want to set up Parental Controls for has a standard user account. Parental Controls can be applied only to standard user accounts.

In addition to the controls that Windows provides, you can install additional controls, such as web filtering and activity reporting, from a separate service provider.

To turn on Parental Controls for a standard user account

Open Parental Controls by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, and then, under User Accounts and Family Safety, clicking Set up parental controls for any user.‌ ‌ If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

Click the standard user account that you want to set Parental Controls for. If the standard user account isn’t set up yet, click Create a new user account to set up a new account.

Under Parental Controls, click On, enforce current settings.

Once you’ve turned on Parental Controls for your child’s standard user account, you can adjust the following individual settings that you want to control:

Time limits. You can set time limits to control when children are allowed to log on to the computer. Time limits prevent children from logging on during the specified hours. You can set different logon hours for every day of the week. If they’re logged on when their allotted time ends, they’ll be automatically logged off.

Games. You can control access to games, choose an age-rating level, choose the types of content you want to block, and decide whether you want to allow or block unrated or specific games.

Allow or block specific programs. You can prevent children from running programs that you don’t want them to run.

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Setting up Parental Controls in Windows 7

By Eric Geier

The Internet is a never-ending web of information, photos, videos, files, and people. We all know some of this material is good and some of it is bad. To protect your children from the bad portions of the Internet, you need to couple a parental control system with good ol’ supervision.

In this article, we’ll discover how Windows 7 can help protect your youngsters. We’ll review its Parental Controls. We’ll set up time limits for computer usage, set gaming and program restrictions, enable web filtering, and check out activity monitoring.

This is only Microsoft’s second Windows edition with Parental Controls. They first debuted with Windows Vista. They were long overdue. Before that, parents didn’t really have any control over their children’s computer usage unless they used a third-party application.

Getting Started

Let’s bring up the Parental Controls. The quickest way is to click Start, type Parental Controls, and hit Enter. You can also navigate there: click Start > Control Panel, click User Accounts and Family Safety, and click Parental Controls.

Figure 1 shows an example of this main Parental Controls window.

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You’ll see an icon for each user along with their details. Simply click the icon for the user account you want to configure with Parental Controls. If the account is classified as an Administrator, you’ll receive a prompt about converting it to a Standard account that can have Parental Controls imposed.

As Figure 2 shows, on a user’s page you’ll see their Parental Controls status and shortcuts to configure the settings.

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If you used the Parental Controls in Windows Vista, you might notice something missing: the Web Filtering settings. That’s because Microsoft removed the native web filter and created an add-on type of approach as we’ll discuss later.

Configuring the Basic Settings

The first step is enabling Parental Controls for a user. On a user’s Parental Controls page, select the On, enforce current settings option on the top. Now that they’re on, you must configure the settings.

To configure exactly when they can or cannot use the computer with their account, click the Time limits link. Using your cursor, you can highlight the blocks of time you want to prevent computer access to the color blue. If you mess up click or highlight them again to change them back to white. Figure 3 shows an example of blocking a user from the computer during the hours of 10pm to 7am. When you’re done, click OK.

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Next you can configure gaming restrictions by clicking the Games link off the user’s main window. Then you can specify whether or not he or she can play any games. If you allow games, you can then choose which game ratings to allow and/or block or allow specific games.

Next you can optionally set program restrictions; click the Allow and block specific programs link on the user’s main Parental Control page. You can simply allow he or she to use all programs or choose only those you approve. Manually selecting programs is usually the best approach for the best protection, but takes the most time to setup. For instance, if you find programs later you should have added, you must log off or switch users to get into your Administrator account to change the program restrictions.

Getting Web Filtering and Monitoring

As mentioned before, Microsoft used to offer web filtering and monitoring in Windows Vista. They still offer this in Windows 7; however you must install the free Family Safety component from the Windows Live product-line. Though it’s an extra step, you now set and review the filtering and monitoring via a web site, such as Figure 4 shows. Now you can review settings and check reports without physically being on the child’s PC.

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If you want this functionality, go to the Windows Live site and download it. During the installation, you can uncheck the other Windows Live components if you prefer only to install the filtering and monitoring. Remember, this filtering only works on computers that you’ve installed it on. If your children use multiple computers, you must install it on each.

Once it’s installed, go back to the Parental Controls window. Then under the Additional Controls area, select the Windows Live Family Safety option as the Provider. Your web browser should then pop-up and ask you to login with the Windows Live ID which you created when downloading the component.

You configure the Family Safety settings via the web browser at their site: Don’t worry if you forget the URL. You can always bring up the site by clicking the shortcut under a user’s Parental Control page in Windows.

Don’t Stop at Controls and Filtering

We’ve set up the Parental Controls in Windows 7 to help protect our youngsters on the computer and Internet. Remember, you still need to keep track of their usage and activity. One last tip: Everyone should use a password, so they can’t login to your Administrator account and they can’t login to their sibling’s account which may have different restrictions.

Eric Geier is the Founder and CEO of NoWiresSecurity, which helps businesses easily protect their Wi-Fi with enterprise-level encryption by offering an outsourced RADIUS/802.1X authentication service. He is also the author of many networking and computing books .

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Windows parental controls have the capacity to control when a user, such as your child, may use the computer. The time limits feature, when set up properly, will prevent your child from using the computer at the times you specify. If the child attempts to log on before the set time, Windows will prevent him from logging on. If he remains on the computer after the set time ends, the system will log off his account.

However, your children can still find their ways to bypass the parent control time limits. Here we’ll show you one method that kids use to bypass the parental control time limits in Windows 7/Vista/XP.

How to Bypass the Parental Control Time Limits?

To get started, you need to find another computer that you can log on as administrator, and create a password reset disk on a CD or USB stick. So you can then boot the computer with parental controls enabled from the CD/USB and it enables you to bypass Windows time limits immediately.

  1. Download the self-extracting Zip file of Reset Windows Password package.
  2. Unzip the download file, there is a CD ISO image: ResetWindowsPwd.iso. Burn it onto a blank CD/DVD or USB stick using ISO2Disc or any CD/DVD burning software you like.
  3. Boot the computer with parental controls enabled from the Windows password reset disk.
  4. Wait until the boot process is complete. When a window pops up with all your Windows accounts, select your limited user account and then click the Reset Password button.

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  • It will blank your user password and also remove the time limits that is set up on your user account.
  • Take out the CD/USB and restart the computer, you can then log in to your account and use the computer without time limit.
  • When children use this technique, you may never know that they have bypassed the time limits settings. To block this method of bypassing the parental control time limits, the only option is to disable the USB and CD-ROM in computer BIOS and set a BIOS supervisor password to prevent your kids from modifying your BIOS settings again.

    how do i set up parental controls on windows xp. my 7yr old is learning how to use the net and i don’t want her to accidentally go to a “grown up ” site or have any dirty pop ups

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    Windows XP dose not have built in parental controls like Vista, you will have to buy an after market program. This is a program a friend of mine uses for her kids, Net Nanny.

    Have a go at creating a user account (limited user) just for her, with her own desktop picture, programs geared for her, browser settings and favorites geared for her, (yet you still have ‘parental control’ program to shield those unwanted sites.

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    Try a parental guardian application that allows the admin. (parent) control over: specific sites allowed or not allowed; time of day use; site barriers for language, nudity, violence, and more.

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    “KidRocket” is a web browser for kids, that limits Internet access to about a dozen child-safe websites (Sesamestreet, Crayola, Nick and others). It offers a full-screen interface that can be locked by the parent, effectively preventing access to the desktop or other programs while it is running. In addition to web browsing, it also includes a doodle pad, a virtual Starbrite game and a math trainer. You can also choose to disable printing and keep track of the time the browser has been in use.

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    Windows 7 is the hot, new operating system replacing the past XP and Vista systems. Windows 7 is the most simplified, user-friendly version that Microsoft has developed – ever. Get acquainted with your new version of Windows straight from Microsoft.

    This video tour will show you how to use Parental Controls on Windows 7. Control how and when your kids use the PC.

    Quickly set up your PC so it helps keep your kids safe. You can keep them away from the wrong kind of games and set limits for how much time they’re on the PC.

    When your kids are using a PC, you’re probably worried about how much time they spend, and what kind of games they’re playing. With Parental Controls in Windows 7, it’s easy to supervise each of your kid’s PC use without having to peek over their shoulders.

    For starters, you can decide what times of the day are right for your children and what programs they can use. And if you have games on the computer, it’s really easy to decide what games your kids can play based on the game’s ratings.

    With the Parental Controls in Windows Media Center (available in Windows 7 Home Premium and above), you can also block access to objectionable TV shows and movies.

    Take charge of kids’ screen time with Parental Controls!

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    Parental controls can filter the web, blocking inadvertent access to inappropriate websites. There are a variety of ways to do this, from configuring network-wide parental controls on your router to using the parental controls built into Windows or third-party software.

    Web filtering is best used to restrict the web for young children, preventing them from accidentally wandering into the seedier corners of the Internet. Teenagers are adept at finding their ways around parental controls if they want to.

    On Your Router

    One of the easiest ways to set up parental controls is by configuring them on your router. Your router functions as the choke point where all the Internet traffic for your network flows through. Setting up parental controls here will allow you to perform web filtering for all the devices on your network — computers, smartphones, tablets, and even game consoles with built-in browsers.

    Some routers ship with built-in parental controls. If your router has this feature, it will often be advertised on the box and will generally be explained in the manual. You can go to the router’s web-based configuration pages and set up the parental controls for your network.

    Many routers don’t include parental controls, but you can use OpenDNS to set up parental controls on any router. To do this, you’ll just need to change your router’s DNS server settings to use OpenDNS. OpenDNS allows you to set up an account and configure web filtering — you can select different types of categories of websites to block. Websites you block will redirect to a “This site is blocked” message when visited on your network.

    For more information about changing your router’s settings, refer to its manual.

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    If you would like a device on your network not to be filtered, you can change its DNS server manually so it won’t use OpenDNS. Of course, this means that anyone on your network can change their DNS server and bypass the filtering. Like we said, such filters can be helpful for your children, but a teenager can get around it.

    On Windows 7

    Windows 7 has some built-in parental controls that allow you to control what time a user account can log into the computer and what programs it can use. This is helpful if your kids use separate user accounts on your computer.

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    However, Windows 7 doesn’t include a web filter. Microsoft does still offer Family Safety, a free program that allows you to set up web filtering on Windows 7. Install the Family Safety program on your Windows 7 computer and you’ll be able to manage its settings from Microsoft’s Family Safety website. The program is available as part of Microsoft’s Windows Essentials package.

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    On Windows 8 or Windows 10

    Windows 8 and Windows 10 have integrated parental controls that combine Windows 7’s time limits and program access controls with Family Safety’s web filtering and more new features. You can manage your settings and view reports from the same Family Safety website. All you need to do is check the “Is this a child’s account?” box when setting up a new user account on Windows 8. The account will be marked as a child’s account and can be managed from the Family Safety website online.

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    With Third-Party Software

    You can also turn to third-party parental controls. Many Internet security suites come with built-in parental controls. If you have a security suite installed on your computer, check if it has built-in parental controls.

    There are also dedicated parental control solutions you can pay for, like the famous Net Nanny that everyone has heard of. However, you don’t need to pay for a parental control solution. There are many other free web filtering solutions you can use. For example, Norton offers a free Norton Family parental control application that seems to be widely recommended. Try doing a search online and you’ll find many other options that may fit your needs.

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    Of course, no parental controls are perfect. They won’t block everything bad and may occasionally block something good. Sufficiently motivated teenagers can also get around them, if only by leaving your house and accessing the Internet elsewhere or using their smartphone.

    Did you know you could use your router to limit screen time or even pause Wi-Fi? Here’s how.

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    We’ve never depended on our home’s internet connections more than we have during the ongoing pandemic , but that’s left a lot of parents concerned about keeping their kids safe online. Fortunately, your Wi-Fi router can help by managing who has access to what online content, and when. You just need to be willing to dig through the settings a bit.

    Every router is different, so you’ll want to consult your model’s manual for specifics, but here’s an overview of what features to look for, and how to best put them to use.

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    Setting up parental controls on your Wi-Fi router

    Before you can customize and manage your home’s internet connection, you’ll need to access your router’s settings. Most recent models offer companion apps that allow you to connect with your router and tweak settings to your liking. Apps like those are a good starting point, and many will offer some basic level of parental controls that you can experiment with — but if you really want to open up the hood and see your router’s full allotment of settings, you’ll want to connect using your computer.

    To start, open your preferred web browser on your computer and type your network IP address into the address bar. By default, most routers use as the IP address. If that doesn’t work for you, you can look up your IP address by right-clicking on your internet icon and looking for details or settings.

    For Mac users, the IP address can be found by clicking your Wi-Fi symbol, then scrolling down to click on Open Network Preferences.

    Once you’ve typed your IP address into the address bar, you’ll need credentials to edit settings. Some routers have this information printed on the router itself or in the user manual or manufacturer website. You might have also picked out credentials of your own when you first set up your router. If you can’t remember the login info, you’ll usually be able to find it and change it in the router’s app.

    Once you’ve logged in or accessed settings, there are a number of ways to customize internet browsing , depending on your specific router’s features.

    The Nest Wifi app lets you group your kids devices together and then schedule times when they can and cannot connect.

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    1. Limit internet time

    Most routers with parental control options include a setting for scheduling. This means you can schedule the network to turn off at a certain time every day.

    Some include scheduling for specific devices, so you can choose your child’s laptop, tablet or gaming console and disconnect it from the internet at, say, 8 p.m. every weeknight. Want to block everything? Look for options that let you group devices together.

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    2. Restrict specific websites

    In addition to scheduling, some routers include parental controls for specific sites. You can choose specific URLs to block on specific devices in your home, so you can keep your kids away from whichever websites you want.

    Netgear, for example, does this through the Netgear Genie app powered by OpenDNS to create custom filters for your network. Devices used by adults can be configured to bypass filters and have unlimited internet access.

    3. Pause Wi-Fi

    If you’re just looking to keep distractions at a minimum during dinnertime but don’t want to set up any specific schedules or restrictions, pausing the connection is a great tool.

    Newer routers and mesh networks like Google Wifi include companion apps that allow you to pause the internet connection on some or all devices and resume it as soon as you’re ready. Google’s second-gen Nest Wifi system adds Google Assistant voice controls into each extender, so you can just say, “OK Google, pause the kids’ Wi-Fi.”

    Note: Deco X60 doesn’t support parental control, but it will support the feature.

    What are Deco’s Parental Controls?

    Parental Controls allow you to filter online content for your children, control when they can access the internet, restrict the total time they spend online each day and track the websites they visit and apps they use.

    Here is the details setup produce.

    Step 1: Launch the App, Log in or tap Sign Up to set up a TP-Link ID.

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    Step 2: Tap “Parental Control”

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    Step 3: Tap “Add New Profile”, then give the profile a name.

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    Step 4: Parental Controls allow you to group children’s devices into different filter levels determined by age: Child, Pre-Teen, Teen and Adult. Categories that are inappropriate for the corresponding age group are blocked.

    Choose a pre-set Filter Level and you will see the categories of each Filter Level. You can adjust the filters as desired. Tap the “+” icon to block more categories and tap the “-” icon to exclude some categories. Filters without “+” or “-” cannot be changed. You can also Tap on APPS/ WEBSITES and add the apps or websites that you want to block.

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    1) Please enable Malicious Content Filter in the Antivirus feature to ensure the Parental Control feature will work properly.

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    2) Considering the stability of the system, we have made a limitation on the number of the Apps/Websites . It cannot exceed 32 on each profile, otherwise the whole parental control will not work.

    To delete the extra Apps/Websites , click on upper right button Edit , you will see a red button on the right of the website. Click on it and the website will be removed.

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    Step 5: Set your “Access” days and time limits.

    Parental Controls can set daily limits on the total amount of time children can spend online each day. Additionally, you can stop them from accessing the internet between specified times.

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    Note: You can tap on “Select Weekdays and Weekend” to customize your weekdays and weekend settings.

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    Step 6: Add device(s) to the profile. These devices share the allowed access time collectively. When finished, tap “Done”.

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    Step 7: After the whole process is done, you will see a list of the profiles. You can tap “pause” button and all the devices in this profile will have no access to the Internet.

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    Note: You can add up to 16 profiles.

    Tap on the profile and you can manage the profile, including Filter Level/ Time Controls / Devices. You can also check the time that the devices in this profile spent online and the website that has been viewed in Insights.

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    Note: There is also a limitation on the number of the devices of each profile. It cannot exceed 16. If your Parental Control doesn’t work, it may has related with this.

    If you need delete device, log in to a profile, and you will see the Devices option. Click on it and you will see the list of the devices in this profile. Just click the button on the right of the device which you want to remove from this profile, and then it will be removed.

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    Q: Sometimes I find that I don’t visit the blocked website, but it shows that the website keeps being visited in Messages/Antivirus History. Or I cannot have access to the Internet even if the time I spend online has not reached the limitation.

    A: Please check if there is any website or App running in the background.

    Q: Why my parental control doesn’t work?

    A: Please have a check on the number of the devices and Apps/Websites blocked in each profile to see whether it has exceeded the limitation. You can also create a new profile and do a comparison test.

    Get to know more details of each function and configuration please go to Download Center to download the manual of your product.

    The parental controls in McAfee Internet Security (free to Shaw customers using Windows computers) can help you set restrictions on your children’s Internet use. You can limit the type of content your child views, block specific websites, and restrict the times they can go online.

    Configure parental controls

    1. Open the McAfee Internet Security app on your computer.
    2. Expand Parental Controls and click Parental Controls: Set Up .
    3. Enter an administrator password and password recovery hint.
    4. Click Edit next to Protect Your Family .
    5. Click Protect next to the child you are setting up rules for.
    6. The Parental Controls screen has two lists, Allowed and Blocked , you can use to sort types of online activities.
    7. Set your child’s age range to sort activities according to McAfee’s recommendations.
    8. Select an activity and click the left or right arrows to move it to the other list.
    9. Click Optional Settings if you would like to block potentially inappropriate websites from being accessed, or to allow or block specific websites.
    10. Click Online Schedule to set the days and hours your child can go online.
    11. Click Done .

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    McAfee will always have the most up-to-date information about their app. For more information, visit the McAfee Support .

    Himanshu Yadav

    27 Apr 2010

    We published a detailed parental controls guide recently. If you take a look on the parental controls feature in Windows 7, you’ll notice that it doesn’t have web content filter and activity reports which is there in some editions of Vista.

    If you want web content filter in your Windows 7 PC then you need to install Windows Live Family Safety. This guide tells you how to do that.

    Setup Windows Live Family Safety

    Windows Live Family Safety is a free tool by Microsoft that lets you setup web filter and monitor your kids activity on the internet with the help of a few settings.

    Here are the steps.

    First of all download and install Windows Live Family Safety on your computer. Open it and you’ll get a screen as shown in screenshot below. Now enter your Hotmail / Windows Live login credentials (If you don’t have Windows Live ID then click on the sign up link and create one).

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    After successful login, it will show you all the user accounts. Select the account you want to monitor by checking the box next to it. Click on “Save” button.

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    A setup window will appear.

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    In the next step, click on link given at the bottom. It will redirect you to your live account family safety page on Internet explorer browser.

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    View activity report

    On Family safety page which is opened in your browser, you can click on “View activity report” to view all the activities of your kid.

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    Below is the screenshot of activity reports. You can set the dates between which you want to see the activities and click on “Show Activity” button. All the reports are divided into three tabs – “Web activity, Other internet activity and computer activity (not shown in screenshot) ”. It also shows programs used by your kids between given dates.

    On the left you can find different tabs. Note the Web filtering tab on the left pane. Click on it to set up web filter.

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    Web Filtering

    You can filter the websites by ratings (Strict, basic and custom). These ratings are produced by the Family Safety team which reviews thousands of websites and assigns categories to them.

    If you want your child not to browse adult content then you can choose the “Basic” category. You can also choose Custom category and apply the filter by checking various given options.

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    How To Allow Or Block A Particular Website

    You could also set preferences to allow or block particular websites.

    Type the address of the site in the given box and click “Allow” or “Block” button given beside it. There’s also a box that says “Allow Children to download files online”. This could be used to prohibit your kid from downloading files from the internet.

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    So that’s how you configure Windows Live Family Safety to add an extra layer of monitoring to the parental controls in Windows 7. It isn’t a fool-proof solution though and there are ways to bypass it. However, if your child isn’t that computer-savvy (highly unlikely 🙂 ), this is a pretty good way to control his internet activities.

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    The internet can be a largely unfiltered place, and it’s certainly risky for a child to be browsing around without any restrictions.

    From adult content to violence and foul language, it may be unnerving to think what awaits your child. The good news is that you’re a responsible caregiver and there are plenty of ways to tend to a youngster’s online wanderings.

    Google Chrome offers several ways to create a safe online experience for kids with its parental controls. Here’s what you need to know to use them.

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    How to set parental controls on Google Chrome

    The easiest way to quickly set up a safe online experience is by turning on SafeSearch.

    While signed into your own Google account, you can do this by going to

    There, click the box beside “Turn on SafeSearch” and then scroll to the bottom of the page and save. Most explicit results will now be filtered out of Google searches.

    The most comprehensive way to keep your kid safe when using Chrome is to set up Google Family Link and create an account (or link an existing Gmail account) to the managed plan.

    You can download Family Link onto an iPhone or an Android device, and then go through the setup that will be shared with you step-by-step once you launch the app.

    Once in place, Google Family Link will let you manage the apps your child can use, limit screen time (and even lock the device as needed), limit and view web activity, and track the physical location of their phone or a Chromebook.

    How to block specific websites on Google Chrome

    You used to be able to set up a supervised Google account to control and supervise what your kids could access through a Chrome browser, but Google has since done away with the feature in favor of Google Family Link.

    However, if you’re just looking to block your kids from accessing certain websites, you can do so easily with a Chrome extension. For more information, read our article “How to block websites on Google Chrome using a simple extension.”

    Parental Control allows users to set up roles for each user account with access to their computer. A role can be configured to allow or restrict access to certain web content depending on the age and profile of the user account. This article contains instructions on how to set up a role for the first time.


    Before configuring ESET Parental Control

    Windows user accounts must be available for each person accessing the computer. Without completing this important step, Parental Control is ineffective in shielding children from inappropriate web content.

    1. Set up Windows user accounts for each person accessing the computer. For information on setting up Windows user accounts, click the link that corresponds with your operating system:
      • Windows 10
      • Windows 8
      • Windows 7 or Windows Vista

    Click Setup > Security tools.

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    Figure 1-1

    Click the slider bar next to Parental Control to enable the feature.

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    1. Click the arrow next to Parental Control.

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    Figure 1-3

    1. For each Microsoft Windows child user account you want to protect, click Protect child account.

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    Figure 1-4

    1. In the Birthdate drop-down menu, select the appropriate birthdate for the user account and click Enable. (Parental control settings vary depending on the age selected for each user account.)

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    1. Under each Microsoft Windows parent user account you want to protect, click Parent account.

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    1. The green slider bar next to the user accounts indicates that Parental Control is activated for that account. You are now ready to configure Parental Control settings for each account.
    • Block websites using ESET Parental Control.
    • Block categories using ESET Parental Control.

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    How to Set Up Parental Controls on Windows VistaBy Microsoft News Center India 14 November, 2017

    Shreya Lall, a 11-year-old student from Heritage Xperiential Learning School, Gurugram and her father Alok Lall talk a lot about safety. “My parents are very concerned about my safety and security. The thing that I remember the most from my growing up years is never talk to strangers,” says Shreya.

    But like millions of children around the world, an essential part of Shreya’s schooling involves stepping into the cyber world. “How does ‘never talk to strangers’ apply to the cyber world? I sometimes get emails with links from people I don’t know. Some of my friends are also on social networking websites, and they tell me that they get friend requests from people they don’t know. But they still chat with them,” she adds.

    Child safety in today’s world no longer applies to simple rules such as “don’t talk to strangers”. Rather, it has acquired many levels—physical , psychological and digital.

    According to Microsoft’s Digital Civility Index, it has been observed that 64% Indian youth are at risk to online cyber bullying and harassment, 75% are aware of a friend or family member who has faced to online harassment, 44% have met the perpetrator of the risk; but only 50% are knowledgeable about where to get help if needed.

    “Threats can come from anybody, anywhere,” says Dr. Jyoti Kapoor, Senior Consultant, Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Paras Hospitals, Gurugram. “Threats lurk, but we can protect ourselves if we are aware of those threats. For example, online threats such as cyber bullying and cyber predators.”

    Thankfully, Shreya manages to get the best out of the internet, safely and securely, due to her father, whose day job involves being the Partner Technology Lead at Microsoft India. “I often wonder what I need do as a parent, or as Microsoft, how we can educate our consumers about the simple things that that they can do to keep children safe in the cyber world,” says Alok Lall.

    A safe online experience with Windows 10 Parental Controls

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    Windows 10, by default, offers options for families and parents to ensure children are protected when they are online. To turn on parental controls for your child, go to the Windows search bar, and type ‘family options’ and click on that options under settings. Create an account for your child, and enable parental controls.

    Once parental controls are enabled, two features are turned on by default. Firstly, internet browsing on Microsoft Edge browser becomes strict, ensuring that no adult content will be displayed in any of the search results. Secondly, InPrivate browsing is blocked, disabling incognito browsing by the child.

    Turning on parental controls on Windows 10, provides a collaborative way to keep kids safer on Windows 10 and Xbox One devices, without resorting to a “big brother attitude” as Lall explains. “It’s not just me deciding which sites she should go to, it’s more of a collaborative effort,” he says. The father-daughter duo engages in constant dialogue to help Shreya understand what makes him authorise a certain website over another.

    The parental controls enable four different settings for parents to not only ensure a safe online experience for their child but also healthy digital habits.

    Check specifics of the child’s internet browsing: While all sites deemed unfit for children are automatically blocked, parents are given the extra advantage to block or unblock specific sites as they see fit.

    Gain access to activity reporting: From here, parents can review their child’s online activity or choose to receive weekly email that let them know which websites they visit, what terms they are searching for, and what apps and games they use.

    “One of the results of a search Shreya did led her to a social networking site. Windows 10 parental controls did not allow her to access the site because I don’t think it’s age appropriate and have blocked it,” explains Lall.

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    Track the apps, games, and media kids use on Windows 10 and Xbox: Parents also have the power to block inappropriate apps and games by choosing an age limit for content. Anything rated above it will require the parent to give approval. They can also add money to their child’s Microsoft accounts to buy apps, view recent purchases, and track the amount being spent. Of course, they can set adult approvals for the things their child may want to buy in the Microsoft Store.

    Determine exactly how much screen time children have access to on the PC and Xbox: Parents can set limits on the amount of screen time and also set fixed hours when the child can access a PC or Xbox to ensure they do not go overboard. Of course, exceptions can be set depending on the child’s requirements.

    Another feature that parents can use to ensure their child’s online safety is enabling ‘reading view’ on Microsoft Edge browser. Reading view removes all ads, sidebars and comments and transforms a web page into a very simple format that reads like an open book.

    “As I research on the web, I really like the reader mode as I’m able to search for what I need without worrying about ads popping up out of nowhere, and leading me to strange sites!” says Shreya.

    Creating the safety net that children require

    Lall identifies three things are absolutely important for building the safety net that children require. “First, don’t make your child an administrator of the device, second, turn on Windows defender, and third, enable parental controls,” he says. “This will help you track if your child is heading in the right direction, and you can understand if you need to block and prevent websites.”

    “At Microsoft, it is our responsibility not just to focus on just the technology and tools that we bring to the table, but also use environments where we bring in the right partnerships, right associations with organizations like Kidzania which help promote the need for educating people and children on cyber safety,” he adds.