February 17, 2010

How to Setup Parental Controls in your Vista Laptop

To setup parental controls in your Vista laptop, you must use an administrator account or you must know the password for an administrator account. Administrator account passwords should never be divulged to the children otherwise, they can easily change the parental control settings or use the administrator account in doing activities for which they are not allowed.

For you to be able to control the activities of your child while using your Vista laptop, you must give the child her own user name which she must always use to log on to the computer. If you want to add a user name, you can open your control panel and click on the User Accounts and Family Safety link. Under User Accounts of the next window, click on Add or Remove User Accounts and in the Manage Accounts window, click on Create a New Account. Type in the user name that you want your child to use and click on the button Create Account.

To start setting up parental controls, open the control panel of your Vista laptop. Click on the User Accounts and Family Safety link on the control panel home page. Click on parental controls then select the user name of the child whose use of the Vista laptop you want to control.

On the User Control window, click the On radio buttons under both the Parental controls and the Activity Reporting headings. To control what web sites the child can visit, click on the Windows Vista Web Filter link. To specify the only web sites that the child can visit, click on the Edit the Allow and Block List link, then type in the URL of the web site and click on the Allow button. After entering all the URLs of web sites that the child is allowed to visit, click on the check box Only Allow websites which are on the allow list.

You may alternatively choose to block content automatically for the child by clicking on a restriction level below the heading Block Web Content Automatically. If you choose either the high or medium level, you will be shown a description of the categories that will be blocked. If you click on the None radio button, be sure to edit the Allow and Block list and to add the URLs of the sites that you don't want your child to be allowed to visit. If you click on the Custom radio button, you will be allowed to check the categories of content that you don't want your child to be exposed to. If you want to disable your child from downloading files from the Internet, click on Block File Downloads checkbox in the Web Restrictions page of the control panel. Don't forget to click on the OK button to enable the settings to be applied.

To set the time limits on which the child can use the Vista laptop, open your control panel, click on User Accounts and Family Safety link on the control panel, click on Setup Parental Control for Any User then click on the user name of the child for whom you want to limit the time for using the Vista laptop. On the User Controls window, click on the Time Limits link then click on the time for the days that the child will not be allowed to use the Vista laptop. Click the OK button once you have completed blocking off all the times that the child won't be allowed to use the laptop.

To specify which computer games the child will be allowed to play, go to the Parental Controls window of your Control Panel and select the user name of the child for whom you want to control access to computer games. On the User Controls window, click on the Games link and on the Games Control window, click on Set Game Ratings. On the next window, click on the radio button of the rating that is suitable for your child. Additionally, you could block the game from being played by your child even if the game has an allowed rating if the game contains scenes where various content types are involved. Click on the check boxes of the type of content for allowed games that you want to additionally block. Click on OK to enable the settings.

If you want to block specific games from being played by the child, you can click on Block or Allow Specific Games on the Game Controls window for that particular user in your Control Panel. In the Games Overrides window, click on the radio buttons pertaining to your choice of whether to apply the user rating setting, always allow or always block the user from playing the specific game. Click on the OK button to enable the settings.

If you want to control which computer programs in the Vista laptop your child can use, go to the Parental Controls window of your Control Panel and choose the user name of the child for whom you want to control the use of specific programs in your computer. In the User Controls window, click on the Allow and Block Specific Programs link. Click on the radio button opposite the phrase User Name Can Only Use the Programs I Allow. Click on the check boxes opposite the programs that you would like your child to be allowed to use. Click on the OK button on the page to enable the settings.

You can view a weekly report on the child's activity on the Vista laptop by clicking on the View Activity Reports link on the User Controls window of the user name of your child. On the report, you can see the most visited and the most recently visited web sites, the programs used and the games played by the child for the week.

Those are the detailed steps that you need to undertake for you to be able to setup parental controls in your Vista laptop. You can control what web sites the child can visit, the times on which your child is allowed to use the Vista laptop, the computer games that the child is allowed to play and the computer programs that the child is allowed to use. You can also review the weekly computer activities of your child.

You can also read my article on how you can do some useful tasks with your Vista computer at: http://publishtoweb.blogspot.com/2010/01/how-to-do-some-useful-things-with-your.html.

You can also read my article on how you can use the desktop features of your Vista computer at: http://publishtoweb.blogspot.com/2010/01/how-to-use-your-vista-computers-desktop.html.

You can also read my article on how the magnifier and the narrator of your Vista computer at: http://publishtoweb.blogspot.com/2010/01/how-to-use-magnifier-and-narrator-of.html.

Read my other article on working quickly and taking care of your Vista computer at: http://publishtoweb.blogspot.com/2011/12/working-quickly-while-taking-care-of.html.