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Parental Controls - Setup and Use

How to Setup and Use Parental Controls in Windows 7
Published by Brink
11 Jan 2010
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How to Setup and Use Parental Controls in Windows 7

information   Information
You can use Parental Controls to help manage how your children on a Standard user account use the computer. For example, you can set time limits on the hours that your children can use the computer, the types of 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 or Standard user 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 user name and password information.

Parental Controls is verified to be available in all editions of Windows 7.

Note   Note
Web restrictions and activity reports are not included in Windows 7 Parental Controls like they were in Vista. You can still restrict the sites a standard user account can visit and see reports of their online activity by adding a service provider in Windows 7 Parental Controls, such as Windows Live Family Safety.
Tip   Tip
To help prevent your child or standard user from circumventing your Parental Control restrictions, you should make sure that all administrator accounts have strong passwords created for them. You should also enable the built-in Administrator account and create a strong password for it as well. This way they cannot use the built-in Administrator account to try and bypass Parental Controls as well.
warning   Warning
  • If the computer is connected to a domain, then parental controls will not be available for it.
  • Parental Controls can only be setup while logged on to a administrator account.
  • Parental Controls can be applied only to standard user accounts.
  • For Parental Controls to work, it needs to have the Parental Controls Service set to its default setting of enabled and Manual.





Here's How:
1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click on Parental Controls.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

3. Select and click on the listed standard user account that you want to turn Parental Controls on or off for. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If you do not have a standard user account listed, then you will need to create a new standard user account first.
Parental Controls - Setup and Use-step1.jpg
4. To Turn Off Parental Controls for the Selected Standard User
A) Select (dot) Off, and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
Parental Controls - Setup and Use-step2.jpg
B) Go to step 6.
5. To Turn On Parental Controls for the Selected Standard User
A) Select (dot) On, enforce current settings. (see screenshot above)

B) 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.
C) When done changing the Windows Settings, click on OK.

D) You will notice that the selected standard account will indicated that Parental Controls have been turned on for it. (see screenshot below)
Parental Controls - Setup and Use-step3.jpg
6. Close the Parental Controls window. (see screenshot above)
That's it,
Shawn




28 Aug 2011   #1
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Very useful - thanks Brink. I'll have to implement this at the end of the year since I promised my daughter a laptop if she did well at school, and at this rate it looks to be reality.

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28 Aug 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Golden. That sounds like great news. I hope...
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28 Aug 2011   #3
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

It is great news for her.....not my wallet
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28 Aug 2011   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

LOL
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04 Nov 2011   #5
fadod

windows 7
 
 

thank you so much
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04 Nov 2011   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Fadod, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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29 May 2012   #7
ICit2lol

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Hiyya Shawn Sorry mate to be such a pest but I am trying to set up that parental controls in the new 7 OS I put on that Vista machine but am having a different set up to the tutorial.


I click on UAC and set up an account for her daughter and have to login to Windows Live Safety and do the settings for parental control from there. What I would like to find out is once this is done and if she wants to change anything like for example add a new site to be blocked will she have to login again or will this be made available through the control panel.?

All very confusing for me and would be near impossible for my friend to do as she is not really computer literate at all except for switching it on and probably shopping and emailing I'd guess
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30 May 2012   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello John,

It depends. For the Windows Live Family Safety program for the filter, she can access it from her administrator account like any other program. For the Windows Live Family Safety Website, she would have to log in to the site with her Windows Live ID to access it.

Looking for web filtering and activity reports in Windows Parental Controls?
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30 May 2012   #9
ICit2lol

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello John,

It depends. For the Windows Live Family Safety program for the filter, she can access it from her administrator account like any other program. For the Windows Live Family Safety Website, she would have to log in to the site with her Windows Live ID to access it.

Looking for web filtering and activity reports in Windows Parental Controls?
Ok Shawn I think once I drum it into her she'll get the hang of doing the Live bit as I know she doesn't want a repeat of the past now it is going so well.

By the by I showed her the set up last night and she is like a cat with two tails - doesn't know which one to flick first LOL!!

Thanks again for your time and patience - as always

John
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