The World Wide Web has changed our lives and provided access to a wealth of data and material. Sadly, that freedom of information has come at a cost, as it is all too easy to gain access to unsuitable content, be this pornography or other age restricted material such as games, films and TV shows.
The level of supervision and/or control that a parent gives a child with regards PC and internet use is series of articles I’ll touch on some of the tools available to you for limiting access to unsuitable content, both for the Internet and the PC in general. Due to the importance and depth of this subject, this article will be split into multiple parts.
Most PC users have a single account when they start up their system that allows them to do anything and change anything on their machine. When allowing children access to the PC and the Internet I would suggest creating a unique account for them that does not allow them to make changes to the settings on the system.
If you do not restrict their access, and you either let them use your account, or set them up with a full administrator account, then they will be able to change any restrictions that you put in place.
A unique account will now be created for your child. I would suggest that this account does NOT have a password. This will allow you to login on the child’s account at any time to supervise content.
Windows 7 Parental Control:
- * Go to the Control Panel and click Set up Parental Controls
- * Click on the user account that you want to limit
You will now be prompted to setup the access for that user.
At this screen you can set up limitations for:
Time Limits: Limit the hours that the child can login to the computer.
Games: Many games now carry an age rating, similar to films You can set the appropriate age for your child.
Block Programs: You can prevent individual programs from running for the restricted account.
In the next article, which will follow in a few days, we will delve further into parental control with the Internet and World Wide Web in mind.
Hope this helps those worried parents.