Five-minute fix: Setting up parental controls on Windows 7

Filed Under: Windows

Windows 7 logoUnfortunately, the parental controls that come with Windows 7 are fairly basic, but it's still worth setting them up.

1. Click Start > Control Panel.

2. Locate User Accounts and Family Safety and choose Set up parental controls for any user.

3. Choose to set up parental controls for an existing user account or a new one.

On a shared computer, and especially one used by children, it's important for everyone to have their own user account and login. This offers greater control for you over what your children can do, it separates them from anything potentially unsuitable that's on your account and also prevents them from accidentally damaging anything of yours.

4. Under Windows 7 you can use the controls to limit the amount of time your kids may use the computer for. You set the times of day that they can sign in between and, outside of those parameters, they will automatically be logged off.

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5. Parents are also given the ability to block selected programs as well as choosing whether to allow or block certain games, depending upon age ratings and type of content.

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Find instructions for parental controls for other operating systems here.

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4 Responses to Five-minute fix: Setting up parental controls on Windows 7

  1. Andrew · 616 days ago

    thanks for the information guys

  2. Pedro Rebelo · 615 days ago

    I understand you've decided to consider only the built capacities of the operating systems.
    Anyway, for those who might not know it, I recomend the family safety app, part of Windows live suite. It has a lot of features and control.
    It works very well on XP and 7 and generates usage reports and send them by email.

  3. Elizabeth · 545 days ago

    Thank you for helping me to resolve my problems. I will appreciate if you send how to control shared users program. Or How to locked some programs not to see or not to change.

  4. Anonymous · 525 days ago

    I need to remove parental control lock I am 79 years old and this blocking is not required! Please advise how to remove it on Windows 7

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Lee Munson is the founder of Security FAQs, a social media manager with BH Consulting and a blogger with a huge passion for information security.