I’ve got some extra help this week. Many of us know her as mystery writer, K.B. Owen, but today she is…
NINJA MOM, able to leap tough operating systems in a single bound!
Kathy sent a buzz of grand proportion through the comments section last Techie Tuesday with this jewel:
K.B. Owen says:
…By the way, hubster and I are BIG fans of the time restriction capability of Windows 7. You can go into your kids’ logons and block/unblock certain time grids, in one-hour increments and per day of the week. It’s SO easy now to enforce limits on their computer time; the computer gives a couple-minute advance warning that shut-down is coming up, and then – poof! – they are off. We can easily make adjustments in the control panel, if needed.
She generated SO much buzz amongst the other commenters, I asked her to give y’all a quick demo. The video below is just over 4 minutes long and I’ve already listened to it twice (just because I love her voice).
Just in case you can’t view the above video for anyreason, below are the instructions from the Microsoft website (except pared down so the the non-techies don’t glaze over).
Setting Parental Controls in Windows 7
Note: If your computer is connected to a domain, Parental Controls are not available. (This means that if you’re attached to a network, you don’t have administrative capability, your Network Admin does!)
Assuming you’re on a family computer, you can use Parental Controls to help manage it.
- Set limits on your children’s access to the web, the hours that they can log on to the computer, and which games they can play and programs they can run.
- When Parental Controls blocks access to a webpage or game, a notification is displayed that the webpage or program has been blocked.
- Your child can
whineclick a link in the notification to request permission for access to that webpage or program.
- You can
laugh yourself sillyallow access by entering your account information.
Note: Before you get started, make sure that each child has a standard user account because Parental Controls can only be applied to standard user accounts.
To set up Parental Controls for your child, you’ll need an Administrator user account. Parental Controls cannot be applied to an Administrator user account. For more information about user accounts and setting them up, see What is a user account? (<– Do I know my posse here at More Cowbell, or what?)
To turn on Parental Controls for a standard user account
- Open Parental Controls by clicking the Start button. Go to the Control Panel, and then, under User Accounts, click Set up Parental Controls. (You might be asked to type your Admin password.)
- Click the standard user account for which you want to set Parental Controls.
- Under Parental Controls, click On. (Sing a “Hallelujah” chorus!)
- Once you’ve turned on Parental Controls for your child’s standard user account, you can adjust the individual settings that you want to control.
You can control the following areas:
- Web restrictions. You can restrict the websites that children can visit, make sure children only visit age-appropriate websites, indicate whether you want to allow file downloads, and set up which content you want the content filters to block and allow. You can also block or allow specific websites.
- Time limits. You can set time limits to control when children may log on to the computer. Time limits prevent children from logging on during the specified hours and, if they are already logged on, they will be automatically logged off. You can set different logon hours for every day of the week.
- Games. You can control access to games, choose an age rating level, choose the types of content you want to block, and decide whether you want to allow or block unrated or specific games.
- Allow or block specific programs. You can prevent children from running programs that you don’t want them to run. (Don’t want them in QuickBooks or TurboTax? No problem!)
Easy peasy, right?! Go, you Ninja Moms and Dads, GOOOOOOO!
In case you’re like me and you can’t get enough Kathy in your life, click here to read her hilarious post on our June foray into the Fast Draft process…Fast Draft By The Numbers.
Who runs the computer show in your life? Have you ever tried setting up Parental Controls? What was your experience? Are there any tips you have to share? Enquiring minds LOVE to know these things here at More Cowbell!