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Parental Controls: Limited User Accounts, Content Filtering

Parental Controls: Limited User Accounts, Content Filtering

Keeping children safe on the internet is something foremost in parents' minds I'm sure. There are a variety of ways to do that whether you are running Windows XP, Vista or 7. These include limiting your children to only being able to do certain things within Windows without authorization and filtering out bad or malicious content when browsing the internet.


Creating a Limited User is just one way you can prevent children getting into things they're not supposed to.


If running Windows XP Click Start > Contol Panel. In the Control Panel, double click User Accounts.


In the window that opens, select "Create a new account". You will be asked to type in an account name, just type anything you want in there.


If running Windows Vista or 7 creating a limited user account or editing a current user account to be limited is achieved via Control Panel>User Accounts and Family Safety>User Accounts>Manage Accounts>Change an Account


Windows 7 also includes Parental Controls from the same menu which you can configure on your new Limited User


Another way to limit users is through content filtering. There are a variety of free programs out there to accomplish this. A favorite of mine is OpenDNS | DNS-Based Web Security


OpenDNS not only allows you to blacklist by category but allows whitelisting of sites that are deemed not necessary to block. It also has the added bonus of blocking some malicious sites. You'll need a free account to access the dashboard





It is not a program per se, nothing installs. You have to change your DNS settings


to the following:

  • 208.67.222.222
  • 208.67.220.220

You can change your settings at the machine level, so only one computer is affected or at the router level (if using a wireless router) to affect all the machines on the network.


OpenDNS provides documentation on how to accomplish this:


Computer: https://store.opendns.com/setup/computer/


Router: https://store.opendns.com/setup/router/


Another option that is also free is K9 K9 Web Protection - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com


As with OpenDNS, you'll need a free account


More information:

Why use a standard user account instead of an administrator account?

Microsoft Windows XP - Types of user accounts
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