We all want to keep our kids safe on the internet. The steps below will show you how to restrict access to internet sites, determine what programs your child can run, set hours of access, and set time limit restrictions. I have had ten years of experience playing cat and mouse with my children on the computer. My oldest has even went as far as pulling out the battery on the mother board to remove the bios password so he could change the computer time and bypass the time restrictions. I’m not a huge fan of Windows 8 but the parental controls make it the operating system of choice for kids. Unless you have a MAC.

Upgrade to Windows 8.1
If you are still running Windows 8.0 you should upgrade to 8.1. This upgrade is in the Microsoft Store and is a free upgrade.

When you setup Windows for the first time you are asked to create an account, this account has administrative rights, do not allow your kid to have access to this account. You need to create another account for them to use.

If your Windows login does not prompt you for a password when you login you need to change that. Follow the instructions for Requiring users to enter a password when logging in.

Requiring users to enter a password when logging in:

On the Metro UI Start Screen type netplwiz, then select the program
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Check Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.
Then select OK.

Creating a User Account with Parental Controls:

On the Metro UI Start Screen type Control Panel, then select the program

win8.2In the control panel select User Accounts – Manage Another Account – Add a New User in PC settings – Add anther account –

 

 

 

 

Sign in Without a Microsoft Account – Local account – Add a user

win8.3Select Next

Check the box for: Is this a child’s account? Turn on Family Safety
Select Finish

Next we need to configure family safety, this will enforce the following restrictions:
Web Filtering – What site they can access
Time Restrictions – hours and the amount of time they can access the computer
Game and Windows Store App Restrictions – What games they can play
Desktop App Restrictions – What applications they can run

Configuring Family Safety
On the Metro UI Start Screen type Control Panel, then select the program
Select Family Safety
Select the User Account to setup family safety for
Note: Each account can have it’s own family safety settings.

Web Filtering:
win8.4Select <user> can only use the website I allow the select Set web filtering level

 

 

 

 

Choose a web restriction level:

Note: If there is a site that is blocked and you want to allow access. When accessing the site you will be prompted for the parent to allow access.

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Once you are done setting the Web Restrictions select User Settings

Select Time Limits

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Once you are done with the time limits select Curfew.
This will allow you to set the time range for allowing access.
Once you are done setting the Time Limits select User Settings

Select Game and Windows Store Restrictions
This section will allow you to determine what games they can play on the Windows Store and what game rating level they are allowed to play.

Once you are done with the time limits select Desktop App Restrictions
This determines what Windows applications your child can run.

For example: if your child is grounded from playing games on the computer but he still needs to use it for homework.
You can allow access to Microsoft Word but deny access to Steam.
Note: If there is a site that is blocked and you want to allow access. When accessing the site you will be prompted for the parent to allow access.

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Once you are done you can close the Control Panel window, login to the child’s account and test out the restrictions.