Internet Service Parental Control Locks in Windows 8

Article Posted by Expert Author: Jesse Schwarz  on 10/31/2014

One of the benefits of the new Windows 8 operating system from Microsoft is the ability to set up advanced parental controls for Internet browsing. ISP’s offer some parental control features, but you have to step it up with other security measures if you want to protect your kids fully.

The parental controls available on this operating system allow parents to screen and regulate all online content kids can access on the Internet. To enable the parental controls feature in Windows 8, you have to turn it on for each user account. This will keep harmful websites away from the eyes of your little ones.

Here’s how to do it step-by-step:

  1. Turn on your computer. When Windows has launched, open the “Start Screen” and open the “Control Panel.” You can open the control panel by starting to type the name anywhere in the start screen.
  2. Double-click on “User Accounts” and choose the option to set up “Family Safety.”
  3. Choose the user account for which you want to change the settings. If you have not set up a user account for your child, this is the most important step, so please do so. You will not need an email account, so select the regular “local” login type. When prompted, select “Child” account so that you can turn on the parental controls.
  4. Double click on the account you want to modify.
  5. Here you can select “family safety” and “activity reporting” - These two features have additional settings that you can modify to make the computer and internet more secure. You can control the websites your children have access to, set time limits for computer use, block unwanted websites or even specify “only” the specific sites they can access, like Wikipedia or Nick Jr.
  6. Turn the “Activity Reporting” feature on - This lets you view information about computer usage for each windows 8 account. You can read through individual activity reports by selecting “View Activity Report.”

Depending on the age of your child and the amount of restrictions you put on their home Internet use, the level of browsing protection you implement may vary. It’s important to choose the settings that work best for your family.

internet safety imageInternet service providers have some control over content, but to achieve the best level of protection, it’s necessary to set up additional parental controls on your own computer. Be warned - if your kids are tech savvy, they may try to navigate around the parental controls you’ve set up by starting a new account. If you’ve established password protection for new users, however, this won’t become a problem.

Another tip – select the “Block File Downloads” box to disallow file downloading on specific user accounts. This way, you can prevent your kids from downloading certain types of material off the Internet. If they need to download something for a specific purpose, they will have to do it under direct parental supervision.

Remember that parental locks must be set for each user account on Windows 8 – user accounts without these settings in place allow free and easy access to all Internet content. Although you may have an automatic web filter installed, and access to parental controls through high speed Internet providers, it’s always prudent to add more protection.  For more information on parental controls and internet safety visit http://www.internet-serviceproviders.net/ .


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