Saturday, December 15, 2012

How to setup or configure Parental Controls in Windows 7

Windows 7 has some decent family safety features such as the Parental Controls. This helps your kids to learn discipline. Remember what is written in the Bible, "Teach your children right from wrong, and when they are grown they will still do right" (Pro 22:6). "Correct your children, and they will be wise; children out of control disgrace their mothers" (Pro 29:15). By setting up Parental Controls, your children will learn how to manage their time on the computer, inappropriate content from games will be avoided, and they will only have access to programs that you give them permission to. If they learn to abide by these rules then parents will have peace of mind as well as the children. There is nothing worst than letting your child sit on a computer and doing what he wants to do, playing what he wants to play, surfing the internet wherever he/she wants. This is where your responsibility as a father or mother to keep your child on the right path of life. No parent will ever want their children to walk the crooked way of life! Parents want their sons and daughters to grow up as reasonable and respectable citizens.
How to setup or configure Parental Controls in Windows 7: (step by step procedure/instructions)

1. Click Start -> Control Panel -> All Control Panel Items -> Parental Controls.

2. Enter your Administrator password.

3. Click the standard user account (Children).

4. Under Parental Controls, click On, enforce current settings. The Windows Settings icons are now colored.

5. Click Time limits.
Setup the times when you want your child or children to logon and use the computer. Click and drag the hours that you want to allow or block. When the specified time is reached, they will be automatically logged off.

6. Click Games.
You can specify whether your children can play games or not. Control which types of games your child or children can play. You can either Allow or Block games by rating and content types.

7. Click Set game ratings.
You can set game restrictions to game titles that are not appropriate for your child. Even if a game has an allowed rating, you can block it for the type of content it contains. Example, Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Blood, Cartoon Violence, etc. Titles rated - meanings:
EC - Early Childhood
E - Everyone
E10+ - Everyone 10 years and older
T - Teen, ages 13 years and older
M - Mature, aged 17 years and older
AO - Adults Only, 18 years and older

8. Click Block or allow specific games.
Allow or Block any game installed on the computer. You can control which specific games your child(ren) can and cannot play. You can control each game according to the User Rating Setting (URS) or Always Allow or Always Block. When you choose Always Block, you can see on the Status saying "Can not play".

9. Click Allow and block specific programs.
You can select which programs your child is allowed to run. Put a check on the programs that you allow your child or children to use. Click Ok. Notice the Current Settings of the Children account for Time Limits, Game Ratings, Specific Games, and Program Limits.

10. Click OK to apply your Parental Controls settings for the Children's account.

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