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Alternative Parental Control options for Windows 10

I've updated my teenage sisters laptop to Windows 10. I have an admin account and she has a local account. I need to give it back to her later so she can get on with her homework, but currently no parental controls.

On Windows 10 it appears that you can't set up parental controls unless you setup an Microsoft account for each user. I don't think it's too big a problem to set up a new account accept for the fact she has all her files etc saved on the local account. Apparently, I also give Microsoft my credit card info and she will have to log into the Microsoft email account every 50 days or so to keep it active from what I read in a guide.

So rather than doing all this I was wondering if there are any free alternatives or other low cost options about that are recommended/trusted? doing a google if seems hard to find recommendations and I notice some are for amercian software, would that be a problem?

The main aim is to block explicit content, porn etc. The anti virus being used for now anyway will be Windows Defender.

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Does your ISP have parental control options on the router?

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DAMNOME

Does your ISP have parental control options on the router?



I'm not sure, I'll have a look. I'm with Virgin Media. I assume that would only then provide parental controls when she is connected to that router? (at the moment she doesn't really take her laptop out so that might not be much of an issue for now)

I'll look into that, but welcome other suggestions.
Edited by: "jg213" 26th Nov 2016

jg213

...apparently, I also give Microsoft my credit card info and she will … ...apparently, I also give Microsoft my credit card info and she will have to log into the Microsoft email account every 50 days or so to keep it active from what I read in a guide.



The necessity to keep your e-mail account active by ensuring it is used at least once within a specific time period is not related to the credit card information.

I am not sure why you needed to provide credit card information at all. Please consider removing this for your own security.

Back to your question...

TechRadar.com reviewed/compared (Free) Parental Control software earlier this month:

[ techradar.com/new…315 ]

Just setup a Live account, i.e Hotmail, Live.co.uk or outlook.com account. Then add her to your family, once account setup that's it. Takes a couple of minutes to create Microsoft account and that's it. You can even set up alias to Microsoft account from an email address she regularly uses.

All her local files can be dragged into her Onedrive folder and accessible on any device with internet connection.

Family settings means you an revoke access remotely to device whenever suits, set number of hours on device, days they cant use it, what they can and cant access using Age Restrictions, block programs. Block access to certain websites, setup individual keyword blocks via Edge Browser.

We use Family settings with both our 15 year old and 6 year old child. If they require anything that they cant normally access you get a notification pop up on your device and can remotely accept requests. The new family settings built into Windows 10 are so much more user friendly than its previous version, that never really worked properly.

Dont worry about logging into Microsoft account every 50 days that's not needed as you log in everytime you access Onedrive/Mail, also you don't need a credit card attached unless you want to buy apps and games from the Store its not mandatory.

Also bear in mind adding firewall controls for specific sites and keywords on your router affects every device connected.

You also get a weekly report for each family member showing their activity, our eldest doesn't realise we get this and makes for some winding up when you notice the odd few keyword searches.
Edited by: "charleaward81" 26th Nov 2016

jg213

I'm not sure, I'll have a look. I'm with Virgin Media. I assume that … I'm not sure, I'll have a look. I'm with Virgin Media. I assume that would only then provide parental controls when she is connected to that router? (at the moment she doesn't really take her laptop out so that might not be much of an issue for now) I'll look into that, but welcome other suggestions.



Virgin definitely do parental control on their ISP (I know because a few years ago my parents activated it and I couldn't go on... well.... "them websites" ;))

http://downloads.tomsguide.com/Norton-Online-Family,0301-28393.html
K9 is also good

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charleaward81

Just setup a Live account, i.e Hotmail, Live.co.uk or outlook.com … Just setup a Live account, i.e Hotmail, Live.co.uk or outlook.com account. Then add her to your family, once account setup that's it. Takes a couple of minutes to create Microsoft account and that's it. You can even set up alias to Microsoft account from an email address she regularly uses.All her local files can be dragged into her Onedrive folder and accessible on any device with internet connection.Family settings means you an revoke access remotely to device whenever suits, set number of hours on device, days they cant use it, what they can and cant access using Age Restrictions, block programs. Block access to certain websites, setup individual keyword blocks via Edge Browser.We use Family settings with both our 15 year old and 6 year old child. If they require anything that they cant normally access you get a notification pop up on your device and can remotely accept requests. The new family settings built into Windows 10 are so much more user friendly than its previous version, that never really worked properly.Dont worry about logging into Microsoft account every 50 days that's not needed as you log in everytime you access Onedrive/Mail, also you don't need a credit card attached unless you want to buy apps and games from the Store its not mandatory.Also bear in mind adding firewall controls for specific sites and keywords on your router affects every device connected.You also get a weekly report for each family member showing their activity, our eldest doesn't realise we get this and makes for some winding up when you notice the odd few keyword searches.



Cheers, I went ahead and set up the MS account for her. I notice that it doesn't apply to Google Chrome and only to MS services.

Do you guys know of how Google Chrome can be tamed / parental controls on it? as that is the usual browser and Edge can only be used on Windows10.
Edited by: "jg213" 26th Nov 2016

jg213

Cheers, I went ahead and set up the MS account for her. I notice that it … Cheers, I went ahead and set up the MS account for her. I notice that it doesn't apply to Google Chrome and only to MS services. Do you guys know of how Google Chrome can be tamed / parental controls on it? as that is the usual browser and Edge can only be used on Windows10.



We have chrome blocked for our 2 so they can only use Edge, must admit though Its come on a lot in recent months lot quicker, less hangs and now extensions and addons are coming available.

You can't monitor chrome unfortunately but there is google extension in edge so you can log in and access your google account and all associated apps etc from within edge

How about a Windows 10 feature for the establishment to control the adults?!

Simply, buy on ebay Total security bitdefender (cheapest) and install it.
Every weekly showing a report what your child used. Also track Facebook, etc.
Don't forget to change local profile on windows, I mean No administration access.

The have many devices and I have installed some antivirus from bitdefender and there has different like total security, normal antivirus. My youngest sister using laptop and she can't open any website which not allow keywords like shop, porn. So I just open we site any device and I can see the report what my sister visited websites, track Facebook and her mobile with GPS.

Now I have unlink her device, because I don't like spy to my sister she grew up now

Banned

Yes, good idea is to use a special parental control program :).
My 12 year old has amdin rights on W10.
So I have used K9... but now use Time Boss Pro.
This prog can connect to kids PC remotely from your PC or Android mobile and you can change kids remaining time, check kids screenshots and logs. Additionally it allows me not to just block, but also to reduce access by time to websites.

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