Today I am going to talk about parental controls on Windows 7. Many readers who have children will be wondering if there is any way to restrict what their kids can do with a computer. Today I will show you how.
On a windows 7 computer go to Start – Control Panel – Parental Controls. Here you will be asked to choose a user and set up parental controls. If you haven’t already done so create a standard user account by clicking on “create a new user account”. Click on the user account to get started. You should then see the screenshot below.
As you can see you can restrict when your child can use the computer, if they can play games and what programs they can use. Parental Control does not allow you to control which websites they can access but the most effective method I have found is to install Avast Security Suite which comes with a website blocking feature which allows you to specify which types of website you can’t access.
Lets take Programs first. Pick the programs you want your child to have access to from the list of installed programs and click ok.
Next let’s take Time Limits. Click on the time of day that you don’t want your child to access your computer (the white block will turn blue) as shown in the screenshot below. When you are happy click ok.
Finally let’s take a look at games. You can block children from playing games, block games by rating or even block specific games your child can play as shown by the screen shot below. Adjust the settings available to suit your own personal preferences.
Hopefully I have given you some insight into what parental controls are available through Window 7.
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