Windows® XP Parental Controls
What are the benefits of parental controls in Windows® XP?
Parental control software provides you with tools to manage your children’s Internet activities, and enable you to know about the sites they are visiting. It helps you to know about what your children are doing on the Internet, to whom they are sharing information, and what they talk. But till Windows Vista®, no version of Windows® had any sort of parental control. To set up a parental control, we need to use multiple utilities available in Windows® XP together. To set up a parental control in Windows® XP, you need to use multiple utilities available in Windows® XP together. The most important part is that the user has access time restriction. Although you cannot control the total time a user logs in, you can set time limits and make Windows® XP shutdown automatically at a particular time. You can also restrict the time a user is allowed to log in. You can use net user command which is one of the most powerful and useful commands available in Windows® XP. It allows an administrator to do and automate many system administrative tasks.
To know more about this product focus on the following points:
- Administrator user account
- Set time limits
- Enable parental controls in Internet Explorer® and media player
Administrator user account
You need an administrator user account to set up parental control for your child. You should set up parental control for your standard user account which is used by your children. Parental controls can be applied only to standard user accounts. If you lost Windows® password and cannot sign in the administrator account, you must recover Windows® password with Windows® password reset disk or Windows® password recovery software.
Set time limits
With parental controls you can control the amount of time your children are allowed to work on the computer and control the ratings of games your children are allowed to play. With time limits set, you can make sure that your children stick on to a specific schedule for computer usage. This will ensure they are not on the computer when they should be doing homework, completing everyday jobs or going to sleep.
You can enable parental control in Internet Explorer® using content adviser. The Content Advisor in the Internet Explorer® is one way to protect your family's online safety. You can add approved sites manually and specify if you want the site to be always blocked or always allowed. You can also implement parental control on DVDs played in media player.