Windows 10 is an operating system from Microsoft, which is commonly used in tablets, laptops, gaming consoles, and computers. It is also found in smartphones, although not as popular as Android and iOS. It has built-in parental control features, which will provide parents with peace of mind. It is pretty basic, but they can provide the first line of defense against online problems that can make kids vulnerable. It also helps in promoting responsible online behavior, especially when it comes to screen time.
Curious about how to use parental controls in Windows 10? Keep on reading and learn from the insights we’ll be sharing.
What is Parental Control?
Before we start, let’s first talk what exactly is parental control and why you need one. Basically, it is a feature that allows parents to monitor their kid’s online activity. It is like spying on what they are doing online. More importantly, it provides control. For instance, you can manage how much time they spend online. Once they reached the limit, the device is inaccessible, which will force kids to spend their time doing other things, such as studying.
Essentially, it is like a spy that operates as the extension of the parents. You cannot always be next to your child, so it is a good thing that there is a tool that serves as a watchful eye.
How Does a Parental Control Work in Microsoft 10?
Similar to third-party parental controls, such as M Spy, there are two main components in a Windows 10 parental control:
- Parent Account: This is the account of the person who will be doing the monitoring. It cannot be restricted since this is the one that will be managing the restrictions.
- Child Account: It refers to the account that you will be restricting. This is where all of the restrictions that you will be setting up will apply.
Once you have set-up parental controls in Windows 10, you can now enjoy its full features. For instance, you can manage family log-in permissions. You can also add and remove family members. Plus, you can view recent activities, manage screen time, restrict content, and prevent online purchases. You can also use the built-in parental control feature for finding your child by locating the device.
Setting Up Parental Controls in Windows 10
Now that you know what you can do with Windows 10 parental control, it’s time that we talk about how to do it. For ease of understanding, we will break it down in different sections.
Set-Up a Child Account
To monitor Windows 10 activities, you need to have a child account. Take note that this is different from the parent account. Here’s how you can set it up:
- Click the Start button. This is located in the bottom-left corner of the screen. It is the Windows logo.
- Click setting, which is the one with the gear logo. After this, the Settings window will open.
- Click Accounts, Family & Other Users, and Add a Family Member. Choose Add a Member and enter your child’s email address. This is important because it will indicate the account that the system will monitor.
- Follow the on-screen instructions. Depending on the age of the person being monitored, an approval might be warranted, which will be done through an email.
- Confirm the email and complete the set-up.
One of the best things about Windows 10 parental control is that you can set content restrictions. This means that you can prevent kids from accessing age-inappropriate content, such as those with themes related to pornography and violence. Here’s how you can restrict content.
- Visit family.microsoft.com and sign-in on your account. If you are not signed-in automatically, click the sign-in button to proceed.
- Click Content Restrictions from the drop-down menu.
- Look for the toggle button with Block Inappropriate Websites and turn on. This activates Safe Search, which will prevent searching for age-inappropriate content.
- In the lower part, you can see a section that says Always Blocked. Here, you can enter URLs or the websites that you don’t want kids to access.
Limiting Screen Time
Worried that your kids are spending more time on their devices that what is best for their age? You can also set screen time limits with Windows 10, making sure that kids will have time for more important things, such as sleep and study.
- Visit family.microsoft.com and sign-in on your account.
- Click Screen Time then choose Device Limits.
- Look for the toggle button and turn it on to activate device limits. You can now set the desired time limits, which can be different on each day of the week. This means that you can allot more screen time on weekends and less during school days.
- Do not forget to click Save once you are done inputting the desired time limit.
Monitor Online Activity
Aside from setting restrictions, you can also use the built-in Widows 10 settings for monitoring online activity. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to do this:
- Visit family.microsoft.com and sign-in on your account.
- On the top of the screen, click Activity.
- Go to the toggle button that says Activity reporting and turn it on.
- You can now see apps and games, as well as web browsing in the window. This will let you see the apps and websites your child has visited or used. You can also see the time it was visited and frequency. More importantly, there is an option that will let you block the website so that it will be inaccessible.
In sum, Windows 10 is not just a wonderful software, but it also has great parental control features. The best thing is that you can enjoy them for free as they are part of the package. Nonetheless, while the parental control features are great, they are limited. For instance, you cannot set a geofence for an immediate notification when your child is outside a specified safe zone. You also cannot monitor social media activities, including chat messages. You will need a third-party app for these things.