The need to control and possibly sensor what your kids see and do on the internet cannot be overemphasized. Kids are curious which is expected but as a parent or guardian, it is your job to protect your kids from harm even on the internet. Microsoft has played their part by providing a tool for parental control on Windows 10 and all its other products. The Windows family tool lets you keep your kids safer online, you can view a report of your kids’ online activities, limit how long and when your kids can use their Windows devices. Let’s face it, even though the internet is a very helpful tool, we all know how unsafe it can be for kids. The parental control on Windows 10 makes it possible for you to ensure your kids don’t see inappropriate websites, apps, or games. This tool is very vital and highly recommended.
Tecrada.com will walk you through the process of setting up parental control on Windows 10 and other Windows family products. If you’ve used the tool on previous versions of Windows, it’s important you add your family members again for the settings to apply on all Windows 10 devices.
Note: The article mainly covers the tools for Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10. The Parental Controls, covered here, is only applicable when the child logs into a Windows device using their own Microsoft Account. These settings will not work on any other device like Android or Apple devices. Also, when they access the net through your device or any other adult’s device the settings will obviously not work. So even though this method is very effective, you can clearly see its limitations.
How to turn on parental control on Windows 10
Unlike the old versions of Microsoft Windows, using the parental control on Windows 10 requires you and your kid to have a Microsoft Account. The account creation process is very easy and straightforward. It can be done simultaneously with the Windows parental controls configuration.
Below are the steps to create Windows 10 parental controls;
- Click the start (Windows button), locate and click the settings icon
- Search and click on Accounts in the settings
- Select the option for “Family & Other People”
- Click Add a family member
- Then, click Add a child or Add an adult
- You will now be requested to type in the email address (from the Microsoft account) of the user. If the person doesn’t already have an email address/Microsoft account, you can select the option “the person I want to invite doesn’t have an email address”. Then you’ll follow the next steps
- Finally, an email invitation will be sent to the email address you submitted, ensure they log in to Windows 10 via the same email address and that’s all.
To activate Parental control Windows on 8/8.1, you will also need to create an account for the child. This is done via PC Settings, then you can configure the desired parental control settings from the control panel.
Here are the steps to create an account for your kids in Windows 8/8.1;
- Go to the control panel
- Search and select Change PC settings
- Click on Accounts >> other accounts >> Add an Account
- Select Add a Child’s Account
- Then, follow the instructions to complete the account creation process
- After you’ve created a child’s account, you now need to configure the parental controls by clicking on set up parental controls for any user
- While there, click on Child’s account
- Then, click enforce current settings
- Under activity reporting, select; “collect information about PC usage”
- Finally, select all the control options you need from web filtering >> time limits >> Windows store and game restriction >> App restriction
How to turn on Parental control Windows 7
Parental control Windows 7 is pretty easy and works in a similar manner as the configuration for Windows 8/8.1. You must first create a child account via control panel using same steps as already stated on the “steps to create an account for your kids in Windows 8/8.1”. Now, after creating the account;
- Search and select parental control from the search window
- Click on child account
- If you don’t already have an administrator password, it’ll ask for one, create it
- Then, under parental controls, select “Enforce Current Settings”
- Finally, select the needed configuration option from; Time limits >> Games >> Allow and Block Specific programs.