Windows 7 includes parental controls to customize as needed. Parental controls allow you to set time limits, control access to games, and other programs. There are several options for managing parental controls over Internet surfing. The browser you choose depends on the Installed Web browser and the browser you plan to use for your child. Be sure to create a standard user account for your child with any of these solutions. If you grant them an administrative account, they can ignore any programs or restrictions.
Search for “Set up parental controls for any user” in the Start menu search box. Click the item that appears and follow the prompts to turn on controls for your child’s user account. This allows you to set time limits on computer use, specify ages for games, and block all programs except those you turn on separately.
Download Windows Live Family Safety to manage the Web. The Family Safety Program lets you turn on “Safe Search” for Bing, Google, and Yahoo, preventing your child from seeing inappropriate results. By default, the program doesn’t block websites, but you can turn on tighter settings if needed. It works with parental control in Windows or on itself.
Download and install third-party parental control programs, such as Verity Parental Control. The NHC offers Verity for free at the time of publishing. It includes full control of programs and access times to block websites and track activity.