What are Parenting Control in Windows 7? How to use them perfectly: Pictorial instruction

Windows 7 is one of the best and most talked operating system released by Microsoft not because it has different looks but in terms stability also.

But now do you know that it also has an added security to let you control your child’s behavior what he or she doing all the time over the desktop or which application you want he can access or which you don’t. These all you can do via Parenting Control… though these option were also available with Windows Vista but with that they were never talked. So in short Parenting Control are the option to limit your child with thing not suitable for his growth.

You can access these controls via the start menu by typing parental controls into the Search box or via Control Panel and click on Parental Controls shown in below pictures respectively.

Now that you have got access to what called Parenting Control you will get the screen similar to one shown below depending how many users you will have, now click on the child’s account you want to set up.
But before you do anything make sure you have the administrator rights and your account is  password protected…otherwise anyone can turn off Parental Controls and use the computer with no restrictions. You can do this as shown in the screen below:
If you see a password hasn’t been set when you go into Parental Controls, click on the message and you’ll be prompted and Ensure Administrator Passwords.
Under Parental Controls mark the radio button next to On, enforce current settings. Then you can go through and control their computer time, games, and programs.
Set Time Limits
Click on Time limits to control when your child has access to the computer. If you want to only allow a few hours each day, it’s easiest to left-click and drag the mouse across all of the time slots to block them. Then allow the time blocks when you want to make the computer available.
Control Games
Click on Games to control the type of access your child has to games on the computer. You can completely block all games or select games by ratings and game names. These game ratings are based on the Entertainment Software Rating Board.
You can also select different game rating systems if it’s more appropriate for your location or if you like a certain system better than another.
You can also block games based on the type of content it contains…and it gives you a lot of choices.
Control Programs
If you want to restrict certain programs on the machine, click on Allow and block specified programs then scroll through the list of installed programs and block them.
Additional Controls
Windows 7 doesn’t have a Web Filter included like Vista did. If you want additional controls like Web Filtering and activity reports, you’ll need to install Windows Live Family Safety which is 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.
Everything can be controlled online which makes it nice if you want to access a report or change settings while at work.
The Parental Controls feature is easy to use and helps you administer how your children use the computer. Of course nothing is perfect or foolproof and the Parental Controls won’t replace good old fashioned “real parenting” but it makes it easier.
That’s all from the Parenting Control Menu hope you have liked the article…

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