Parental controls are built into Windows Vista and 7 which help parents determine which games their children can play, which programs they can use, and which websites they can visit, and most important of all, when can they use the computer. Parents can restrict computer use to specific times and trust that Windows Vista and 7 will enforce those restrictions, even when they’re away from home. Here are some of the features:
- You can control when your kids can use the computer
- Web filtering has been improved through Windows Live
- You can set limits on games
As shown in the screenshots, Windows Parental Controls are more than enough for basic users, don’t waste money on third party software that does the same task with a much more complicated user interface.
Filed under Time Limits, Windows allows you to set what hours of the day your child can use the computer. In addition to choosing what programs you can allow your kids to run, you can separately control what games your kids can play. This is very useful considering the fact that you might want to stop them from playing Grand Theft Auto, a very violent game.
Parental Control is bundled with Windows Vista and 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate. It is simple to setup and use, based on my own experience, it has a very powerful application filtering technology powered by Windows Live.
How to Filter the Internet For Free
Blocking certain websites from your kids is perhaps the best done via OpenDNS. It is free and everything is control via your router instead of the computer. Which makes perfect sense because in today’s world, there are many devices that can access the internet, such as Android tablet, smartphone and iPad? Here is a step by step tutorial on how to filter the internet.
Norton Family vs K9 Web Protection
K9 Web Protection is the only free content control software in the market, Norton Family on the other hand is free but comes with limitation. Both are equally good software, K9 Web Protection is my primary choice.