You can use parental controls to regulate surfing behavior and computer use for your children.
Under User select a user logged onto your computer and set up the appropriate restrictions for him/her. You can use the CREATE NEW USER button to set up new accounts on your computer directly (e.g. for your children).
- Parental controls for this user: Here you can switch parental controls for the user selected above on or off.
- Forbidden content: A dialog window opens where you can block specific web content for the user currently displayed. Click on EDIT to specify the forbidden content for the relevant user.
- Permitted content: A dialog window opens where you can permit specific web content for the user currently displayed. Click on EDIT to specify the permitted content for the relevant user.
- Monitor Internet usage time: This allows you to specify for how long and at what times the selected user can access the Internet. Click on EDIT to specify the usage times for the relevant user.
- Monitor computer usage time: This allows you to specify for how long and at what times the selected user can use the computer. Click on EDIT to specify the usage times for the relevant user.
Settings: This is where you can adjust the basic operational settings for the parental controls and adapt them to your individual requirements.
Create new user
Click the CREATE NEW USER button. Enter the user name and password for the relevant user in the dialogue box.
You will now see the new user name under User; a Windows user account is created for this user at the same time. This means that parental controls are automatically activated for the person whose user name was used to log on when Windows was started, and that this person's settings will apply. By double-clicking the Settings area, you can select the settings for a particular user, for example: to block Forbidden content or to allow only Permitted content or to specify whether the Internet usage time or Computer usage period should be monitored for this user.
Opens a dialogue window in this area where you can block specific web content for the user currently displayed. Check the categories you wish to be blocked. Click on OK and the websites that fit the blocking criteria will be blocked.
If you click on the NEW button, a dialog box opens where you can define your own blocking criteria (also called blacklists). To do this, first give the name and, if you want, any additional information about the filter you are creating.
Then click on OK to open a new window which lets you list the content you'd like blocked by this filter.
Add a term under Filter that is to be blocked, and under Search location indicate the parts of a website that should be searched for the term.
Here, you have the following options:
- URL: If you check "URL" it will search for the term that should be blocked in the web address. For example, if you want to block websites like www.chatcity.no, www.crazychat.co.uk etc., you can simply set chat as a filter, check the URL option and click on the ADD button. This way, you can block all websites in which the word chat appears in the domain name (i.e. the website address).
- Header: If you check "Header" it will search for the term that should be blocked in the website's title. This is the area displayed, for example, when you want to bookmark a website in your "Favorites" list. For example, if you want to block websites like Chat City Detroit, Teenage Chat 2005 etc., you can simply set chat as a filter, check the Title option and click on the ADD button. This way, you can block all websites in which the letter combination chat appears in the title.
- Meta: The meta tags are text items concealed on websites designed to make search engines list the websites more effectively or more frequently. Search terms like sex or chat are often used here to increase the number of hits a website receives. If you want to block websites in which chat appears among the meta tags, you can simply set chat as a filter, check the Meta option and click on the ADD button. This way, you can block all websites in which the letter combination chat appears in the meta tags.
- In entire text: If you want to check all readable content of a website, just add a term that should be blocked – for example, chat – then check the In entire text option and click on the Add button. This way, you can block all websites in which the word chat appears anywhere in the website text.
Websites that accidentally get filtered can be removed from the list using the Exceptions function. To do so, just click on the EXCEPTIONS button and enter the relevant site there.
Opens a dialogue window where you can permit specific Internet content for the user currently displayed. Select the categories you want to permit by checking the relevant boxes. Now click OK to permit access to the websites relating to the criteria you want.
If you click on the NEW button, a dialog box opens where you can define your own permitted content (also called whitelists). There you can give a name (and a short description if you want) to your personally created filter.
Now, click OK. A dialogue window will open in which, for example, you can create a whitelist of websites suitable for children.
Under Filter, enter the domain name components you wish to permit. If, for example, you want to permit access to a website with child-friendly content, you can enter e.g. www.nick.com to allow access to this website. Now indicate in the Description field what is contained on this website (e.g. Nickelodeon - child-friendly website) and enter the site's exact web address under Link to website. The description and link to the website are important if, for example, your child tries to access a website that you have not permitted. Instead of an error message, an HTML website will appear in the browser listing all the websites on the whitelist and a description. This allows your child to directly access the websites he or she is permitted to visit. Once you have added all the entries, click ADD and the whitelist will be updated to include these details.
Monitor Internet usage time
This allows you to specify for how long and at what times the selected user can access the Internet. To do this, check the box next to Monitor Internet usage period. You can now specify how long the user can access the Internet in total per month, how long per week and how many hours on particular days of the week. This means that e.g. weekends for school children can be handled differently from weekdays. You can simply set the relevant periods under Days/hh:mm, where for example the entry 04/20:05 would mean permission to use the Internet for 4 days, 20 hours and 5 minutes.
If users try to access the Internet beyond their permitted amount of time, a message appears telling them that they have exceeded their allotted time.
With the BLOCK PERIODS button, you can open a dialogue box, where you can, in addition to limiting the computer usage, completely block certain time periods during the week. The blocked time periods are shown in red; the allowed time periods are shown in green. In order to allow or block a time period, simply highlight it using the mouse. A context menu then appears next to the cursor in which you have two options: Approve time and Block time .
Monitor computer usage time
This allows you to specify for how long and at what times the selected user can use the computer. To do this, set the checkmark for Monitor computer usage period. You can now specify how long the user may use the computer for in total per month, how long per week and how many hours on certain weekdays. This means that e.g. weekends for school children can be handled differently from weekdays. You can simply set the relevant periods under Days/hh:mm, where for example the entry 04/20:05 would mean permission to use the computer for 4 days, 20 hours and 5 minutes. You can use the Display warning before time expires button to automatically inform the user shortly before the computer is shut down so that he/she can save his/her data beforehand. Otherwise data losses may occur if the computer is shut down without warning.
In this area you can modify the whitelists (permitted content) and blacklists (prohibited content) you have compiled and create entirely new lists manually.
List types differ fundamentally from one another, as described below:
- Permitted content: If you set up a whitelist for one of the users selected above, the relevant user can only view websites specified in this whitelist. As the administrator, you may set up the whitelist as required or select an appropriate list for a user from a number of predefined whitelists. A whitelist is particularly suitable for allowing younger children restricted Internet access, enabling them to use websites with beneficial educational content only.
- Prohibited content: A blacklist allows you to block access to selected websites for a specific user. Otherwise, the user has free access to the Internet. Please note that this function allows you to block specific pages but that identical content may still be accessible on other websites. In this regard, a blacklist of Internet addresses can never provide complete protection against unwanted content.
The following buttons can be used to edit the exclusion lists:
- DELETE: The Delete function enables you to delete the selected lists quickly and easily with the mouse.
- NEW: Use this to set up a completely new blacklist or whitelist. The procedure for using this function is the same as that described in the sections entitled Forbidden content and Permitted content.
- EDIT: This allows you to modify the contents of an existing list.
You can use this area to change the basic settings for the information in the log area. In this manner, you can specify whether violations of allowed and/or prohibited content should be logged or not. If contents are logged, you can view the logs of different users in the log area.
Since log files grow considerably during regular use, you can have the Parental Controls setting Alert when file reaches ___ KB remind you that the log file has exceeded a certain size, and then delete it manually in the Log area, under Delete logs.