Setting Parental Control in Windows

Depositphotos_11274302_s-2015Parental control is a great feature to manage how your children use the computer. We can set limits on the hours they work on their computer, the type of games they play and the programs they can run. When a program is blocked by parental control, a notification is displayed informing the same. The child can click the link in the notification to request permission for access to that program. We can allow access by entering our credentials.

Pre-requisite for parental control:

  • In order to configure parental control we should have access to administrator account.
  • Each child that you want to set up Parental controls for should have a standard account.
  • Parental control can only be applied to standard users.

Steps to configure parental account for a Standard user:

  1. Click on ‘Start’ menu and select ‘Control panel’.
  2. Click the ‘Parental control’ link.
  3. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  4. 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.
  5. Under ‘Parental controls’, Click ‘On, enforce current settings’.

Once you have 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 log on hours for every day of the week. They will be automatically logged off when their allotted time ends.
  • Games: You can control access to games, choose an age rating level, choose the type of content you want to block, and decide if 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.

Steps to change the ratings used by the system to control games:

  1. Click on ‘Start’ menu and select ‘Control panel’.
  2. Click the ‘Parental control’ link.
  3. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  4. Click ‘Game Rating Systems’ in the left pane.
  5. In the list of rating systems, click the ratings system you want to use, and then click Ok.

Preventing Children from using specific programs

You can use parental control to determine which specific programs your child can use. If you use a program to keep track of your finances, you can prevent your child from opening it and viewing your financial information.

  1. Click on ‘Start’ menu and select ‘Control panel’.
  2. Click the ‘Parental control’ link.
  3. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  4. Click the name of the person you want to prevent from using specific programs.
  5. Under parental controls, click ‘On, enforce current settings’.
  6. Click ‘Allow and block specific programs’.
  7. Click person’s name ‘Can only use the programs I allow’.
  8. Select the programs that you want to allow. If the program you want does not appear in the list, click ‘browse’ to locate the program.

Conclusion

Parental control is an important feature in Windows operating system that helps parents to control access level provided to students. It also helps the parents to monitor the computer activities of their children. Parental control can be great tool in understanding a student’s behavior, if properly configured.