Nowadays almost every kid has a device like a laptop, mobile, or tablet that can help in education but can become dangerous if internet access is not limited for the kids. Windows Parental Controls is a useful feature for parents who don’t want their kids to surf the web freely and want to have control over their kids. This writing aims to guide how to enable parental controls in Windows 11 and limit your Child’s internet freedom and be safe.
How to Set up Parental Controls in Windows 11
To enable Parental Control you and your child both need to have a Microsoft account as a local account cannot serve the purpose. If you don’t already have then create an account for the child. Your account will work as a parent account and the account of your child will be a child account. the child account will be tied to the parent account.
Your account must be an administrator account for the device to set up parental controls. Let’s set up parental controls.
- Right-click on the
startbutton and click on the
settingsoption, Settings window will appear.
- In the Settings window, select
Accountsand In the right-pane, user information along with accounts options will be displayed.
- Scroll down a little and click the option
Family and other users.
- Next to Add a family member and click on the button
- If you already have an account for your child then type the email and click on the
Nextbutton. Assuming that you don’t have one for your child, Click the option
Create one for a child.
- Provide desired account name for your child and click
Next. In case the desired name is available, Create password window will appear.
- Provide the desired password in the field. Password must match Microsoft’s password policy i.e. complex and minimum of 12 alphanumerics in length. Password must contain at least one
UPPERCASE, lower case, numeric, and special character. Click on the
Nextbutton after providing an appropriate password.
- Provide you
lastname. Click on the
Nextbutton to proceed further.
- Select your
Country/regionfrom the drop-down and provide
birthdateof your child. Microsoft will impose restrictions based on age automatically. It is beneficial to provide an exact birthdate. After giving information click on the
- Good to go dialog will appear. Click on the
- After the dialog closes, Windows 11 will associate your child’s account with your parent’s account. A pop-up notification will appear showing the process completion by displaying
<child-account> joined your family as a child.
How to Block Websites, Setting Screen Time, and More
Once the child account is set up, the limitations and controls can be set up. You can limit child account access to websites and other apps. On the other hand, you can set a limit on screen time, and get reports of activities performed. You can set up multiple child accounts and manage their limitations separately in case you have more than one child and want to manage them individually. Now let’s take a look at using parental controls in Windows 11.
- Right-click on the Start button and select Settings.
- Locate the option
Accountsand click on it. I
- Go to the
Family and other usersoption and click on it. Corresponding settings will appear.
- Locate the option
Manage family settings online or remove an accountand click on it.
- Clicking on the option will redirect to online
- All child accounts will show in the “Your family” section on the right of your parent account. Locate
child accountwhat you want to manage and click on it. A child account safety settings window will appear.
- In the left pane, limitation options will appear and the corresponding settings of the selected option will appear in the right pane. Locate
Screen timehere and click on the option.
- In the right pane, devices will appear for which you can set a limit of screen time. Under each device,
Turn limits onbutton is there. Click on the button for all those devices for which you want to impose limits.
- You can set the same schedule for all devices by turning on
Use one schedule on all devices. Alternatively, you can turn on limits separately for each device by clicking on the button
Turn limits on. Click on the
Day Namefor which limit should be set. The Edit time limit window will appear. Select day
e.g. Sundayfrom the dropdown and select start and end time
e.g. 07:00 AM to 10:00 PMfrom the dropdowns and click on
- To limit the access of child accounts for websites and apps select the option Content filters in the left pane. Corresponding settings will appear in the right pane. Under
Filter settingsturn on the
Filter inappropriate websites and searchesoption. This will automatically filter the contents.
- In case you want to allow only limited websites, go for
Only use allowed websitesand turn this option on.
- Go to
Allowed sitesand provide a website you want your child to surf and click on
+button. In case you want some websites to be exclusively blocked then you can use
Blocked sitesoption and provide a website that you do not want your child to surf and click on
- If you want to control access of your child to the apps and games then look for
Apps and gamesin the same window. Click on it, app and games content filter window will appear.
- Go to
Apps and games rated up to agemenu and select the age of your child. It will automatically apply filters to the apps and games according to the age of your child.
- If your child attempts to access form blocked apps, you will be notified. if you want to allow the app then accept it by clicking
Yes. This will be treated as an approved app and will appear in
Allowed apps. In case you want to allow an automatically blocked app exclusively then click on Remove in front of the app.
- If you have your card or bank account linked to the Microsoft account for purchasing apps then you can set spending limits for your child or otherwise prohibit them. Click on
Spendingoption in the left pane, corresponding settings will appear in the right pane.
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