In the era of information explosion, the information from the internet includes both good and bad aspects. When your child is using a computer, you don’t want him or her to get bad and harmful information. If so, you can use the Windows 10 parental controls feature to help you. This post will show you some useful information.

YouTube has a restricted mode that can be used by parents to filter the videos that can be seen by their children. You may ask this question: does your computer has this kind of function? The answer is yes and this feature is called Windows 10 parental controls.

This post from MiniTool Software will talk about parental control PC. If you have a child or children, you can read this post to learn what Windows 10 parental controls are and how to enable this feature on Windows 10.

What Windows 10 Parental Controls Are?

Parental controls are a Windows function that can be used to keep children safe when they use the family computer alone. When this feature is enabled, it will restrict the applications they can use, the web pages they can visit, and how long they can use the computer as well as other Windows devices. Besides, you can also receive detailed reports of their daily activity.

How to Enable Windows 10 Parental Controls

Before using Windows Parental Controls and Microsoft Family Safety features, you need to create a Microsoft Account for you and your child (here, you should know that it is not a local account). You can create such an account during the parental controls configuration process.

Here is a guide:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Go to Settings > Accounts > Family & Other users.
  3. If your child doesn’t have a separate account on this Windows 10 device, you need to click Add a family member to continue.
  4. Check the Add a Child option and then select The Person I Want To Add Doesn’t Have An Email Address. However, if your child has an email address, you can directly input it into this interface.
  5. Input the required information in the Let’s Create An Account interface.
  6. Click Next and then click Confirm if prompted.
  7. Click Close.

Then, what happens? Here are two situations:

  • If you created a Microsoft Account in the above process, you can see that the child has been added to the list of your family members. In a situation like this, the Parental controls are enabled and the account is ready for use. You need to log into the child account while the internet connection is enabled to complete the process.
  • If you just use the existing Microsoft Account in the above process, you need to log into that account and then follow the wizard to finish the operation. After that, the status of this account will be shown as Child, Pending. You need to log into the child account while the internet connection is enabled to complete the process. You may also need to manually apply the family safety settings if needed.

You can also read the following part to see whether the Windows 10 parental controls are set.

How to Check and Change the Status of Windows 10 Parental Controls

If you are not sure whether the Windows 10 parental controls are enabled, this part will show you how to make a confirmation. You can also know how to review the setting, configure, change, enable, or disable this feature, or how to allow reporting for a Microsoft Account.

  1. Click Start.
  2. Go to Settings > Accounts > Family & Other People > Manage Family Settings Online.
  3. Log in if required and then locate your child account from the list of accounts included with your family.
  4. Open the Screen Time tab by selecting Screen Time below your child’s name. Then, you can change the Screen Time for each data in a week using the drop-down menus and daily timelines.
  5. Select More Options under your child's name and the select Content Restrictions.
  6. Guarantee that both the Block Inappropriate Apps And Games option and the Block Inappropriate Websites option are enabled. Then, you can add any apps and web pages that you want to block or allow, and choose a proper age rating.
  7. Switch to the Activity tab and then expand Manage.
  8. Select Turn On Activity Reporting and Email weekly reports to me to get the weekly reporting.
  9. If you want to block some websites and receive reports of web browsing activities, your child must use Edge or Internet Explorer. To do this, you need to choose to block other web browsers.

Bottom Line

Now, you should know how to use the Windows 10 parental controls to parental control PC and your child’s activities when using the family computer. Should you have related questions, you can let us know in the comment.

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