In this tech-era even the little kids know how to operate a PC, play games and watch movies. Thanks to the guardians, the kids are well aware of logging in, opening folder, playing music or videos and their favorite, gaming. But does your PC contain everything for your kids or to put it simple, everything suitable for your kids? No. Hence, parental control pc set up is a must to keep your kids in their limits of accessibility and keep your personal data safe.
We do not need to elaborate about the dangers of the internet such as Cyberbully, Unauthorized Purchases, Phishing Scams and Malware. What we would like to focus in this article is how to help parents monitor better what their kids are doing on their PC. Fortunately there are many solutions that can provide parents with some piece of mind. We have written in length what parents can do for better parental control. Not all the solutions require spending money, but having said that the most complete solution will probably cost you few bucks every month.
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Free parental control on PC
There are few good free parental control solutions for PC, please note that you would have to make sure they truly cover all the things you are interested in. You would need to see that the PC parental control can monitor social networks, manage screen time, block content and websites that you don't want your kids to access.
Zoodels: They work on most devices and on most of the Windows versions. Once you sign up, you will get access to the parents dashboard on which you will be able to see your kids activity. Zoodels is trying to make the time spent on the pc a learning experience for the kids and makes sure the content, video and games are safe. The free version is not feature rich but can help you ban your kids from in appropriate content.
Safelagoon: With safe lagoon parental control installed on your PC you will be able to block website per category, have safe search to ensure your children are not searching for in appropriate content.
Kidlogger: This software has a free version that can do the work pretty well. It lets parents monitor web and app activity for up to 5 devices and keeps logs of your kids activity for 9 days.
If you do not wish to install and parental control software but still safeguard your kids, we suggest you take action on the browser side. Google's chrome has released a safe search feature that acts like a filter and blocks explicit content and pornography from the search results. Click here to learn more.
Another great option for parents is Safe Search Kids which is a kid friendly search engine.
Paid Parental Control Apps for PC
Norton Family Premier – This is a great option for parents that would like full control over what their kids are doing online on their phones and on their PC. Norton Family is another product from Symantec, which is a world known brand for antivirus and protection. The software lets parents choose what apps their kids can use and track what websites they visit, it also allows them to know what their kids are searching for and has time screen management options to better control the time your kids are spending online.
McAfee Safe Family – Is the parental control product launched by McAfee, which is a known brand for security with its Anti virus and computer malware protection software. McAfee Safe Family lets parents keep a close tab on their kids behavior online. Once installed the software can help parents record activity on websites and apps (not on iOS), time spent, chats and social media. If you use it on mobile devices you can also enjoy the geo fencing feature that lets you know exactly where the kids are.
Step-by-step Guide On How To Put Parental Controls on PC
Another great option for parental controls on PC is using the built in features supported by Windows. Below is a step by step guide to help you configure parental controls on your child's PC.
Read our latest article on how to Monitor Child’s Computer Remotely.
Parental Controls on Windows 7
The first option should be setting up a PC password but as most kids already know regarding it as they have their own account, let’s move to the next part.
- Go to Start Menu
- Type “Parental Controls” on the search box
- Press Enter
You can also go to Control Panel and select Parental Controls.
Now select your kid’s account. Make sure to change your password too so that they cannot change the parental settings. Now in your kid’s account, select “On, enforce current settings” from the “Parental Controls”. Now move to the three options on “Window Settings”.
Time Limits –
- Click on “Time Limits”
- The following window will open where you will see the time blocks for seven days of the week.
- Drag the mouse with left-click pressed on, to the time slots when you don’t want them use PC. Leave the slots when you wish to let them access PC.
- Select “Games”
- Select from the type of games rated by any game rating system
- Click “Ok”
You can select from various game rating system too like CERO, ESRB etc.
According to certain criteria, you can block games too like –
Allow and Block Specific Programs –
- Select “Allow and Block Specific Programs”
- Select from the installed programs list
- Click “Ok”
For activity reports and web filtering, you can also opt for Windows Live Family Safety where you will be able to block specific websites and get report of the sites used by the kids.
Parental Control For Windows 10
Having a Microsoft Account will let you create “child account” from the Windows Settings. The further process include –
- Click “Family & Other People” from left sidebar
- Select “Add a Family Member”
- If the kid has a Microsoft account, which you can access, then select “Add a Child”
If they don’t then select “the person I want to add doesn’t have an email address” and create one.
- Uncheck the boxes of “See what’s most relevant to them”
- Enter your password
- Click on “Next”
- Select “Also allow my child to use third-party apps”
- Select “Ok”
- The following window will appear. Click on “Finish”
- Open your kid’s Microsoft account and confirm the verification and supervision request.
- Now select “Manage Family Settings Online” from account. The page on your browser will open.
- Customize games, application and media
- Set access time schedule
After setting up the parental controls, your task doesn’t end. You should still keep track of their gaming activity and PC browsing.
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