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Windows Vista Parental Controls

A huge issue with any parent nowadays is making sure their children are safe and secure on their computer, and not seeing or hearing any internet "nasties". Parental controls are very important to most parents so I thought I'd discuss today some parental control features in Windows Vista.

The parental controls built into Windows Vista are designed to help parents manage what their children can and can't do on the computer. It means any parent can control and view their child's usage. The parental controls will let you:

To get started with the parental controls you firstly have to make sure your account has administration privileges. Once you have done this you can now setup a new account for your child and add parental controls to it.

Add a New Account

Now Setup Parental Controls

You have now setup parental controls for your child's account, you have the following options to control exactly what your child sees and does on their Vista computer.

Time Limits
You can control the amount of time your child spends on the PC each day

You can control the type of games your child plays

Web Filter
1. Click on the "Vista Web Filter" option
2. Check that "Blocking" is enabled
3. Edit the "Allow or Block List" and enter the websites that are accessible to your child
4. Click the "Only allow Web sites which are on the allow list" check box

You can select which programs your child has access to. So if you are really against them using Word you can select Word as a no go program.

All you have to do is to control and monitor your child's computer habits. You can view the hours used by your child as well as what they have done and you can decide what is appropriate computer usage.

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