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How to set up and use parental controls in Windows 10 or Windows 11

The world is a dangerous place. And the Internet – built on its head – is not much different. It is not surprising, then, that parents need to protect their children from outside influences in the highly interconnected world of the twenty-first century.

The list is long. From social media and online chat rooms to video streaming and online games, it is a huge and vast country. If you are a parent, your best bet is to limit your children’s exposure to this global network.

With Windows Parental Control, which is part of the Microsoft Family Safety suite, you can easily do this. In this article, we will cover the exact steps you will need to follow to set up parental controls in Windows 10 or Windows 11. So let’s dive in.

How to set parental controls in Windows 10 or Windows 11

First, before setting up parental controls, you must have two separate Microsoft accounts. One of them will be your account, which will be a master account. The second account would normally be a sub account.

The main account is set by default when you start Windows for the first time. It’s the account you’re currently using; Without it, you can’t even create a kid’s account. Now follow the steps below to set up your child’s Windows account:

  1. go to start menu Search bar, type “settings”, and select the best match. Instead, tap Windows key + I.
  2. head for Account -> Family and other users.
  3. Then click Add the account. If you are not signed in, you will be asked for your Microsoft account credentials. Enter them to log in.
  4. Now click on Create one for a child.
  5. Set your email address and password, then tap next one.
  6. Enter a username and press next one.
  7. Finally, enter your children’s date of birth. This is important because Microsoft will place limits on a child’s account based on that.

When finished, you will see a new dialog box (as shown below in the image). This confirms that the child’s account has been created and successfully linked to your account.

How to use parental controls on Windows

Now that you have placed the child and parent account, you can now put different types of restrictions on the child account. Let’s look at each of them one by one.

In the Settings menu, head to Accounts > Family & Other Users repeatedly. From there choose Manage family settings online or remove an account.

family and other users

You will be taken to Microsoft family safety page, and you may have to sign in again with your Microsoft password.

From the Family section of your computer, click on the child’s account icon. As you can see below, you will be taken to the Microsoft Parental Controls section. Once you are here, you can tweak almost all things.

Microsoft family safety

Microsoft . child account

Reduce screen time

For example, if you want to set an upper limit on the amount of time your children can use Windows, click Screen time.

Limit screen time

On the next page, click File Border Run for a specific device. Alternatively, you can also switch to a file Use one table on all devices To turn on screen time limit for all devices.

Now click a day To set a screen time limit. Set the exact hours along with the time limits your child can use the computer and click Done.

Use content filters

The Internet is a huge place. Some angles in it are really cool, while others are better to avoid. As you might have guessed, with content fillers you can trim the sites your kids shouldn’t visit.

Choose Content filters Then switch to File Filter inappropriate sites and searches Button to set the content filter.

Content filters

Or you can simply switch to a file Use only allowed sites Option to restrict your children’s access to specific websites. Click Add a website To add the mentioned site.

The content filter also lets you choose which apps and games your kids can play or play. switch to apps and games tab, select apps and games categorized up to age list to select the age group. This blocks any app or game above the specified range.

You can also allow or block all the selected apps as you like.

Setting up parental controls on Windows PC

With Microsoft Parental Controls, also called Family Safety Suite, you can protect your kids from the dark corners of the internet. Moreover, it also helps you to adjust the time they spend on the computer – a feature that is probably suitable for adults as well.

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