Parental Controls, Block Video Games and Set Time Limits for Computer Usage and Access

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Parental Controls, Block Video Games and Set Time Limits for Computer Usage and Access

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

Parental Controls, Block Video Games and Set Time Limits for Computer Usage and Access

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 Controls, Block Video Games and Set Time Limits for Computer Usage and Access

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.

Parental Controls, Block Video Games and Set Time Limits for Computer Usage and Access

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.

Windows 7 Parental Controls – Complete Video Tutorial

13 comments on “Parental Controls, Block Video Games and Set Time Limits for Computer Usage and Access

  1. whteshrk012
    whteshrk012 April 18, 2010 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    Your kids internet safety depends on you, the parent. You can set rules, limit your child’s time online but if you are not actively involved with their Internet usage you will never know if they are putting themselves in danger, that’s why we need Parental Control Software.

    • Edwin Kee
      Edwin Kee April 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm - Reply

      How to Set Parental Controls on Your MacBook?

    • Martin Brinkmann
      Martin Brinkmann April 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm - Reply

      Make sure they understand that Internet access is a privilege, not a right

    • Kevin Purdy
      Kevin Purdy April 12, 2013 at 4:52 pm - Reply

      Parental controls allow parents to limit their children’s video game use

  2. concern parents
    concern parents April 12, 2013 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    How to use parental controls in Windows?

  3. ZamZam
    ZamZam April 12, 2013 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    You can use the Mac’s Parental Controls feature to control when your Mac will be … You can set a time limit, such as two hours,

  4. microsoft
    microsoft April 12, 2013 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    McAfee adds TV and music filtering to parental controls software

  5. Gina Trapani
    Gina Trapani April 12, 2013 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    Set Parental Controls and Protect Your Children with Windows 7 and windows 8!

  6. quora
    quora April 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    “Time limits.” Decide when your child can use the computer by clicking “Time limits” under the “Parental Controls” menu.

    • Joanna Stern
      Joanna Stern April 12, 2013 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      you to block, or “filter,” certain Web sites or content, as well as set time limits …

  7. Joanna Stern
    Joanna Stern April 12, 2013 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Discussions: Kindle Fire Parental Controls? what about android and iphone or ipad?

    • Sarah Perez
      Sarah Perez April 12, 2013 at 4:53 pm - Reply

      what about Nintendo DS Games, xbox 360 and playstation 3?

  8. Tim Fisher
    Tim Fisher April 12, 2013 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    check out the official Video game console parental control guides by microsoft and sony

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