Easy Guide For Parents: Provide Internet Safety For Kids With Windows 10
Parents are always worried about their kids going online. And this is absolutely reasonable because parents always strive to protect their children in all possible ways. Since the Internet has become an indispensable part of the life of any modern child, we cannot force them to abandon the Web at all.
Luckily, Windows 10 offers Parental Control to provide your children with safety and security while surfing the Internet. Read the article to get a step-by-step guide on how to set the Parental Control.
What is Parental Control?
Parental Control gives you access to such functions:
- Monitoring the kids’ actions on their devices;
- Allows you to download and install games, depending on age limit;
- Controls the use of browsers, saves the history of visited websites;
- Limits the screen time of the child's gadget.
Settings for Parental Control
You won’t be able to use the Parental Control feature unless you create a Microsoft account for the child. To create such an account, you need to click on the "Start" button and open the main user menu. Scroll down to the "System Tools - Windows" section and open the submenu. From the list of sections of available applications, select the "Settings" section.
- Select the "Accounts" section;
- Click on the “Family and other people” section;
- Find the "Your Family" section, click the "Add a Family Member" button;
- In the “Microsoft Account” window, select “Add Child Account”.
In the proper field enter the email address of the young user you want to add. Then click the “Next” button to continue. Click the "Confirm" button in response to the security question, whether you want to add a user to your family and this device.
In the next window, click "Close" and complete the process of creating a child account.
Once you have completed these steps, the new member will be able to log in immediately. But you will not be able to control his account until he accepts your invitation sent during the creation of the child account to his email address.
Therefore, when the children's account is created, you must confirm the invitation sent by e-mail to the address provided during registration. Click on the “Child is Waiting” confirmation link, and then follow the instructions to complete the process. The process is quite simple and will not cause you any difficulties.
Internet Safety for kids
After parental controls are enabled, there are two features that are turned on by default. First, surfing the web on Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer browsers becomes strict. It means no adult content will be displayed in any of the search results. Second, “InPrivate” use of the browser is blocked, disabling secret browsing by children. You also can customize this feature to set appropriate parameters for Internet usage.
The Web browsing feature works as a web filter, and it lets you block more concrete websites. This feature can be enabled by turning on the “Block inappropriate websites” toggle switch. In "Always allowed," you can add appropriate websites that the child can visit. It is also possible to mark the “Only allow these websites” option to set exactly this list as the only websites a child can browse. Everything that isn’t on the list will be blocked. However, you can customize the "Always blocked" section to ensure that inappropriate links wouldn’t show up in any case.
Windows 10 provides all the possibilities to shield your kid from the unwanted content and make the Web a safe place for learning or having fun.