Earlier we have mentioned about how to make use of Windows Vista’s Parental Controls and also a little primer on Mac OSX Parental Controls. It’s time to take a look at what Windows 7 has to offer in this regard.
Before you install parental control on your computer, Windows 7, you must make sure that you create appropriate user accounts for each user of the computer. And be sure to grant administrative access to an escrow account.
Once this configuration, you can then proceed to the implementation of parental control setting for your home computer. With Windows 7 is the ability of parental control, you can limit the number of hours your children’s computer, the type of games they play and the applications they can run on a computer that can be used . Implement parental control of Windows 7 is straightforward.
On the Control Panel click on “Set up parental controls for any user” link under “User Accounts and Family Safety”.
You can also get to Windows 7’s Parental Controls if you go into Internet Explorer Options and then on the “Content” tab you can see “Parental Controls” button.
There you select the user to configure the parental controls. The user can not serve as administrator of the machine, like a child, his account should not have administrative rights.
On the User Controls dialog enable Parental Controls by checking the “On, enforce current settings” option under Parental Controls. Once you enable it you should be able to see 3 different settings that you can use to restrict how your kid can use the computer,
- Time limit – this option allows you to set time limits on when your children can use the computer
- Games – this option allows you to set the type of games your children can play on a computer
- Allow or block specific programs – this option allows you to restrict the programs your kid can use on a computer
Start by trying to set time limits on when your kid can use the computer.
You can “left-click and drag” your mouse over the time columns across the days to block the time when your kid can’t use the computer. The cells would turn blue to indicate that those time are blocked from usage. White cells indicate the time the computer usage is allowed. Make sure to hit the “OK” button.
Game controls on the section you indicate whether your child can play on that computer, or can not play. If you allow your child to play games, then there are other limitations that you use for the type of games your child can block. You can either limit the games based on ratings or some games.
If you choose to restrictions ratings based set, you can allow or block games without prior notice. You may also allow a number of comments restrict or can play the type of games your child on this computer.
You can also restrict the games by the type of content like animated blood, comic mischief, drug reference etc. There are a whole bunch of options out there for you to consider.
If you are certain games that you can do so using the “Always allow” or “Always restrict block” button beside the name of the game. Note that this may not be a good option when installing your child’s new games or if you are not actively pursue this option of parental control.
Finally, you can also choose to restrict the use of certain programs / applications. It would be a good idea, as in most cases, you can have an application that you do not want your children to go for various reasons. By using your baby only certain applications, you can use your computer stable.