Jun 17 2007

How to set up Vista’s Parental Controls Part 2

important.pngWhat Parental Controls can do:

Web restrictions. You can restrict the websites that children can visit, make sure children only visit age-appropriate websites, indicate whether you want to allow file downloads, and set up which content you want the content filters to block and allow. You can also block or allow specific websites. For more information, see Limit the content that children can view on the web.

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 and, if they are already logged on, they will be automatically logged off. You can set different logon hours for every day of the week. For more information, see Control when children can use the computer.

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. For more information, see Specify which games children can play.

Allow or block specific programs. You can prevent children from running programs that you don’t want them to run. For more information, see Prevent children from using specific programs


Setting up Parental Controls:

1. Click Start.

2. Control Panel.

3. Under User Accounts and Family Safety click Set up parental controls for any user.

4. Click continue in the UAC pop-up.

5. Click on the user name you want to set up.

The next screen is the main Parental Controls screen where all the changes are made.

6. Click ON, enforce current settings.

7. Turn on Activity Reporting, so you can see what the little devil is up to.

Windows Settings:

8. Click Windows Vista Web Filter.

This screen allows you to decide what your child can do on the internet
You can block all websites or set up a custom list of where they can visit.

9a. Click Block some websites or content.

You have many choices here. If you want to allow only certain sites, put a check mark in only allow websites which are on the allow list, Then click Edit the Allow and Block list. Enter the web address of each site to allow then click Allow. At the bottom put a check mark in Only Allow websites which are on the allow list.

9b. To block web content automatically choose High, Medium, None or Custom. I use the Custom one, when you click it you are given a list of content to block, choose any or all. (Note) The filters work pretty well but they won’t block 100%. For my youngest child I set up the sites he can visit in step 9a.

10. To block file downloads just put a checkmark in the box.

Time Limits:
This is one of my favorites; here you can choose when your child can use the computer. Put a check in the blocked times.

Here is where you set up the Games your child can play.
Click yes, then set game ratings. Here you can choose the ratings. These work fairly well because all commercial games are rated.

Allow and Block Specific Programs:
This is where you can block the programs the little tyke can use. choose what’s on the list or add your own.

This concludes setting up Parental Controls if you have any questions just leave a comment and I’ll try to help.

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