The sad fact of using the Internet is that there are no restrictions on accessing content on the Web. This means that almost anyone can access all kinds of content on demand without any moderation. Even if this can be an advantage with regard to access to data, this poses a worrying scenario when minors are exposed without limit to inappropriate content. Fortunately, the Windows 10 operating system comes with a handy set of parental control features that allow regulation and monitoring of content on the device. Here we are going to show you how to set parental controls in Windows 10.
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How did it work?
The system allows simple filtering parameters which will regulate the usage model. As such, the parent will be able to control aspects such as the time spent online on the particular device and the content viewed or viewed. More importantly, parental control functions can actually provide an overview or history of user activity. To avoid the exploitation of the heats, the controls are synchronized with all the selected peripherals. Here is a simple guide to guide you through the process.
- Make sure there is Internet access on the device, parental controls are not customizable offline.
- The process requires that people monitored and controlled have Microsoft accounts. These can be easily configured and saved on any Windows 10 device.
- Once both accounts are active, the parent can now access their settings and add the child's account.
- This prompt will require verification of the minor's side via email confirmation. The parent must therefore have access to the child's email during configuration.
- In the start menu, access the parameters via a quick search or by simply selecting the icon representing a toothed wheel, then selecting the Accounts tab.
- In the menu that appears, choose the option Family accounts, then the option to add a member.
- Choose to add a child, as this gives you the best control features and enter the email address for their Microsoft account.
- If the account is newly created, be sure to keep the password for easy access in the future to avoid resetting it via the child's email.
- Once done, log into the account using the details selected when creating the account and the account will appear on the parent board. Parental control can then be defined.
- In the child's account, check and accept parental controls for monitoring to take effect. Once accepted, the parental contribution cannot be deleted without consent.
Once the account is active, the parent can easily monitor and control all activities. This is very convenient because there are paid applications that can actually generate billing. As a result, the ability to monitor all online application activity makes regulation easier. In addition, Microsoft will only accept payments from adult accounts. Creating a child account automatically regulates content without the need for numerous manual selections, such as online adult content sites.
Configuration of control directives
- Access the account settings, the new account under supervision will now be available for personalization in the Family tab.
- Select the option to manage the settings for family accounts under supervision.
- Choose control details, such as maximum duration, blocked sites and you can even provide pocket money for the account you want.
The parent must remain vigilant regarding parental control as there are loopholes to circumvent the restrictions. For example, non-Microsoft browsers will not be affected by these controls. The good news, however, is that the activity log will still be available for the control account and that the control account can take appropriate action. As such, other tools may be needed to provide more complete supervision, especially on third-party applications such as browsers.