By default, Windows provides options for families and parents to ensure that children are protected when they are online. To turn on parental controls online, go to the Windows search bar at the top of the page, type “family options” or “family options,” then click those options under Settings. Through it, you can create a special account for your child.
Once parental controls are enabled on the Internet, two default features are turned on on Windows.
First, surfing the Internet on Microsoft Edge is strict, ensuring that no adult content is shown in any of the search results on all sites across the Internet.
Secondly, InPrivate browsing will be blocked, disabling the incognito feature that clears history after searching.
Activation steps according to the version of the Windows operating system
The following instructions for activating parental controls on the Internet apply to Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7. They are detailed and step-by-step as follows, according to the Life Wire Technology and Information website:
Click on Start and select Settings.
Choose Accounts or Accounts.
In the left part of the screen, choose Family & Other Users.
Select Add a Family Member if your child doesn’t have a separate account on the device. This step launches the Microsoft Account Wizard.
Select Add a child by either entering the email address you’ll give your child or choosing the “The Person I Want To Add Doesn’t Have An Email Address” option.
There is a good chance that the default control settings are already in effect when your child’s account is activated, but it is also important to check whether these settings meet your needs.
To review, modify, change, or disable the setting, do the following according to How To Geek:
Choose Select Start > Settings > Accounts > Family & Other People, then as a final step choose Manage Family Settings Online.
Sign in if prompted, then select the child’s account from the list of accounts included with your family. Select Screen Time under the child’s name to open the Screen Time tab.
Make changes to the default screen time settings using the included built-in menus and daily timelines.
Select More options under the child’s name and choose the content restrictions you’d like to assign to the account.
Activate blocking inappropriate apps and games and blocking inappropriate websites. Add any apps or websites you want to block or allow and select the appropriate age rating.
Select the Activity tab and expand Manage Account Details. Choose Turn on Activity Reporting and Email Weekly Reports to get weekly reports on the child’s activities while they are online.
Features and characteristics of activating the child protection system on the Internet
Turning on Parental Controls on Windows provides a collaborative way to keep children safe on PCs and Xbox One as well.
Parental controls allow four different settings for parents to not only ensure a safe online experience for their children, but also to ensure healthy digital habits when using, according to the Microsoft website, which are as follows:
1- Check the child’s internet browsing details
While all sites deemed unsuitable for children are automatically blocked when parental controls are enabled on the Internet through Windows, parents are also given the added advantage of blocking or unblocking specific sites as they see fit.
2- Access activity reports
From here, parents can review their children’s online activity or choose to receive a weekly email letting them know which websites the child visits, the terms they search for, and the apps and games they use.
3- Track apps, games, and media on Windows and Xbox
When Parental Control is enabled online for Windows, parents will also have the ability to block inappropriate apps and games by choosing a specific age limit for the content. Meaning anything that is mislabeled will require the parent to give consent to access this media.
They can also add money to their children’s Microsoft accounts to purchase apps, view recent purchases, and track how much is spent.
And of course, they can set adult approvals for things their child might want to buy from the Microsoft Store.
4- Limiting the time children spend in front of the screen and the Xbox
Parents can set limits on the amount of screen time and also set fixed hours that the child can access the computer or Xbox to ensure that they do not exceed the specified period.
Another feature that parents can use to ensure their children’s safety online is to enable Reading View on Microsoft Edge. This reading view removes all ads, sidebars, and comments and converts the web page into a very simple format that is viewed like an open book.