Windows 8 includes many great security features, like picture password, secure boot, reset and refresh, etc. And according to a recent post in Building Windows 8 blog, this upcoming operating system will has new children" specific accounts, which allow you to set time limits and restrictions easily. Parents will have full control over what their children are doing on the internet through the Kid accounts. Though this feature is not available in Windows 7, it includes a similar feature – Parental Control.
Parental controls on a computer are designed to keep your kids from viewing inappropriate or dangerous content on the web by locking out flagged content or prohibited features. In Windows 7, you can use parental controls to set limits on your kids' computer use—and help them be safer online—without constantly peeking over their shoulders. Here's a simple look at what you can do with Parental Controls:
1. Set specific time limits on your children's computer use.
2.Prevent your children from playing games you don't want them to play.
3.Prevent children from running programs that you don't want them to run.
Before getting started, please make sure each child you want to set up Parental Controls for has a standard user account. (Parental Controls is only applied for stand use accounts.)
To get started, please make sure you have admin access to the computer. Also make sure the admin account is password protected. Otherwise, anyone can turn off Parental Controls and use the computer with no restrictions.
Step 1. Go to Start button >> Control Pane >> Set up parental controls for any user under User Accounts and Family Safety.
Step 2. Type the admin password or provide confirmation if you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation.
Step 3. Select the standard user account that you want to set Parental Controls for.
Note: Here you can also create a new standard user account by clicking Create a new user account to set up a new account.
Step 4. Under Parental Controls, click On, enforce current settings.
Step 5. Adjust the individual settings (Time limits, Game control and program control) that you want to control.
Time limits: You can set time limits to control when children are allowed to log on to 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.
Allow or block specific programs: You can prevent children from running programs that you don't want them to run.
Unlike Window Vista, Windows 7 doesn't have a Web Filter. If you want additional controls like Web Filtering and activity reports, you'll need to install Windows Live Family Safety, a part of the Window Live Essentials suite. With it you can block access to certain sites and also get access to an activity report that shows you what sites your children have been visiting.
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