Parental control in Windows is a built-in function of all Microsoft operating systems, with the help of which parents can organize their child’s work at a computer, prohibit the use of certain programs or sites and view PC activity statistics.
The function is useful in any family, because you will always be aware of how much time the child spends at the computer, what sites he views and what games he plays. One of the main options for parental control is to configure the PC startup time. You can prevent your child from turning on the computer, for example, after six in the evening. As a result, he will not be able to log into his account.
Windows Parental Control Features
Using the standard control option, parents will be able to:
- Track all the actions that the child performed at the computer. What programs did they run and how long did they work. The system provides a PC administrator account with a detailed report on children’s accounts. Thus, you can get the most complete picture of the interaction of the child and the computer for a week or a month;
- Parental control on a Windows computer allows you to install game programs, given their age limit. The child will not even suspect the presence of an active control function. In the process of installing games, the system will automatically check the digital signature of the installer, which contains the name of the game, the company of the developer and the age limit. If the age is higher than you allow, the application will not install under the guise of a system error;
- Full control over the work with the browser, search engines and various web resources. Keep track of your child’s activity on the Internet, limit the use of sites that contain the keywords you specify;
- Limiting the time of work at the computer. Set the time period during which the child can turn on the computer. After the required time, the gadget will automatically complete. This option will allow the child to organize his / her daily schedule and will help to get used to the limited sitting at the computer without constant requests from parents to turn off the device.
Create Accounts with Password
Before setting up parental control in any version of Windows, you need to create two accounts on the computer. for you and the child. If the parent’s account is without a password, the child can easily bypass all the restrictions set by logging in as administrator.
A child’s account does not have to be password protected. Without entering a code word, it will be easier for the account holder to start working with the computer. Just click on the profile photo and wait for the desktop to load.
Follow the instructions to create multiple system users in Windows 8/10:
- Open the Start menu and click on the photos of your profile;
- Then in the drop-down list, click on the field “Change account settings”;
- In the window that appears, go to the "Family and other people" section;
- Click on the button “Add a family member”;
- Then go into add child account mode and follow the instructions of the installation wizard. After the procedure is completed, two accounts will appear on the computer. yours and your child;
To set a password for a user’s record, click on his photo and select “Access Password” in the list. If the administrator account is tied to the Microsoft Online service, the access password is the password tied to the email account.
Instructions for users of Windows 7:
- Go to the control panel and select the “Category” view mode;
- Click on the “Accounts” field, and then on the button to add a new profile;
- Set a password for your account and for the child’s page. In Windows 7, this is done by simply clicking on the user’s photo and entering a code word in the settings. There is no binding to the Microsoft Onlline service.
Function setting in Windows 7. how to enable
Parental controls in Windows 7 support the following options:
- Limit the time to turn on the computer;
- Setting the list of allowed programs;
- Limit on the time of the games.
To enable monitoring, make sure that a child account is created on the computer. Then open the Control Panel and select the "User Accounts" field. Select an administrator profile.
Check if password is set. To view the parental control documentation from the OS developer, click on the field indicated in the figure below.
All additional profiles will be displayed under the administrator account. Click on the child’s record, in our case it’s the Tester icon. Then a window with additional information will open.
In the "Select allowed actions" section, activate the parental control.
Now you can begin to limit the work of the second user. The above window displays a set of parameters that you can change. The first of these is setting the computer uptime.
You only need to mark the time range during which the PC will be allowed to use. You can configure for each day of the week. Click on the white square to change its color. Blue color means that at this time the child will be able to work at the computer.
To select several cells at the same time, hold down the left mouse button and select the desired time period.
The next function is setting up work with installed games. Here you can prohibit or allow the inclusion of game applications, set the allowed age rating or manually select those installed on the computer games. Which the child will be able to include.
Notice! If the application does not indicate its rating, it will also be blocked for the second account.
To save the settings, press the OK button at the bottom of the screen.
If pirated games are installed on the computer, it is recommended to configure access to applications manually, since these programs will not be displayed in the window for selecting the allowed age limit.
To check the correctness of all settings, be sure to independently test the operation of all functions. Try to enable a prohibited program or game. If necessary, once again check the correctness of the set parameters.
Setting parental controls in Windows 10
Create a child account as described above and set a password for the system administrator page. Now you can start setting up parental controls.
Immediately after creating a new account, log in under her name and check if she really was created in the "Child" category. Also, you can customize the design of the desktop and add to it all the shortcuts necessary for the child to work. This will allow children to get to work faster and not search for the necessary programs in all folders of the system.
To manage your child’s record settings, go to https://account.microsoft.com/account/ManageMyAccount?destrt=FamilyLandingPage and log in with the owner’s (administrator’s) computer’s data.
The second account is already tied to yours. To start the configuration, just click on the icon of the additional profile.
- Activity reports. Activate this option to receive detailed reports on how much time the child spent at the computer and what programs were launched during the session. Also, the history of the browser and search queries is included in the report (even if the child deleted them);
- To regulate allowed web pages, click on “Change settings” in the window shown in the figure below. You can manually enter the addresses of allowed resources and at the same time configure automatic blocking of unwanted pages;
- In the application and game settings window, you will see how much time the child used each program. Click on “Block” to disable the software;
- Work timer To limit the time spent at the computer, set the allowed time range for each day of the week.
Also, in the parental control settings window there is an option to control the child’s location. If he uses a portable gadget with Windows 10, parents will always stay in the know where the child is now. This is possible using real-time geolocation services.
Disabling Parental Controls
Consider how to disable parental control on Windows 7.10. To deactivate the function in Windows 7, just go to the settings of the child’s account and uncheck the box next to the “Parental control” field.
To deactivate the option in Windows 10, go to the family office on the Microsoft website and reset all previously set restrictions.
Additional programs for parental control
Waky Safe is a simple and functional utility for organizing information retrieval on the Internet. The utility is used as an absolutely safe browser. Which is recommended for use by children. There are built-in mini-games.
Limits the possibilities of working with the Internet. Parents can configure the settings for working with search engines and social networks.