Keeping Your Family Safe While Using Your Computer
Control the times when a user can use the computer by blocking or allowing
specific hours of the day.
Control whether a user can play games and the types of games this person can
Control the types of applications a user can run while using the computer.
When parental controls are turned on, you can also collect information about com-
puter usage, select a game rating system, and configure reminders about activity
Turning On Parental Controls
You can set parental controls for standard user accounts on the local computer only.
You cannot set parental controls for administrators, and you cannot set parental con-
trols at the office for domain user accounts. Any user designated as an administrator
on the local computer can configure parental controls and view activity reports for
users subject to parental controls.
You can turn on parental controls by completing the following steps:
1. Click Start and then click Control Panel.
2. In the Control Panel, click the User Accounts and Family Safety heading and
then click User Accounts.
3. On the User Accounts page, click “Manage another account.”
4. Click “Set up Parental Controls.” On the “Choose a user and set up Parental
Controls” page, shown in Figure 18-17, you’ll see a list of all users on the com-
puter and a summary of their current account configuration. Any account that
has parental controls turned on is listed as such.
5. All Administrator accounts on your computer should have a password to pre-
vent your kids or other people with standard user accounts from bypassing or
turning off parental controls. If there are Administrator accounts on your com-
puter that have no password, you’ll see a warning on the “Choose a user and set
up Parental Controls” page.
6. To clear the password warning if displayed, click the warning text to display the
Ensure Administrator Passwords page shown in Figure 18-18. On this page, the
“Force all administrator accounts to set a password at logon” checkbox is
selected by default. To force all users with an Administrator account to set a
password the next time they log on, accept this setting and click OK.
7. Click the account for which you want to turn on parental controls.