If you have children at home for whom you want to restrict the access to PC, then this applet is your friend.
Windows provides facility to restrict a user account so that it can access only certain type of content, use PC only certain amount of time and only at certain time and use only certain apps. All these filters or restrictions can be applied through this applet.
Family Safety filters work on a user account. Select a user account on which you want to apply the filters, and turn on the filter. This applet provides you the following settings.
You can log activities of the user account. That way, you will come to know what your children do while using PC. To view the log, click on “View activity reports” link as shown in the above image.
The log shows following activities.
This part of the applet lets you customize the content, which the user can access on the internet.
There are two types of web filters.
You can also block file downloads here so that only web surfing is allowed.
I think an allowed list would be easier to create for a child, given the amount of content available on internet!
This part of the applet allows you to specify the number of hours that a child can use PC on each day of week. Also, you can specify at what time he/she is allowed to use the PC.
This part is crucial to set for children. Computer games are so addictive that the children could keep playing them whole day. So, it is important to set restrictions on games.
You can allow or block games in two ways.
This section of the applet controls what applications will be accessible through this account. For example, you may block all the games and media players during the exam times of children.
This section contains a list the applications installed on your PC. In case a certain application is not detected by Windows, you can manually add it to the list.
To apply restriction on apps, simply select those apps from the list that the account user can use.
The rest of the apps will be blocked from the user.