How Do You Set Parental Controls?


Quick Answer

To set up parental controls on a computer that’s running on Windows 7, access the User Accounts and Family Safety settings via Control Panel, and turn on the Parental Controls option. To do the same on a smartphone, download a parental control app, such as Mobile Guardian, and install it.

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To access the User Accounts and Family Safety settings, click on Start, and select the Control Panel option. Arrange the elements as categories by selecting the Category from the drop-down menu next to the View By option, and click on the Set Up Parental Controls for Any User link. Select an existing standard account, or create a new one, and select the On option in the Parental Controls section. After enabling parental controls, you can modify the time settings by determining the time period during which a child can log on. This option lets parents set up different time periods for each day, and it immediately logs off the child’s account when the allotted time expires.

On smartphones, apps such as Net Nanny, MamaBear and Canary allow parents to monitor the usage of their children’s Android or iOS devices and to enable filters that prevent access to specific types of content. Canary has the option to inform the parents in case their child is texting or using social media apps on his smartphone while driving a car faster than 12 miles per hour.

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