These days, children often use services like social networks, instant messaging, email, search engines, among others. Although they are tools that can be beneficial and even children are also exposed to certain threats. This post explains how Windows 8 and Parental Control of ESET Smart Security to mitigate these hazards.
To prevent children from using the Internet is almost impossible and impractical; however, it is necessary to adopt certain safeguards so they can use this technology safely. Otherwise, children are exposed to threats such as malicious codes, cyber bullying, grooming, visits to sites with inappropriate content, etc.
While maintaining an open and fluid facilitates the mitigation of these risks, there are parental control tools that help parents to specifically block sites and filter out those with inappropriate content based on categories. Both Microsoft Windows 8 and ESET smart security have such functionality. For this feature function properly in both cases, it is necessary that the adult has a Windows account password protected and the lowest one (preferably “Standard User”). The document Create a user account in Microsoft has more information on this point. Once this procedure has been carried out, follow these instructions in Windows 8:
Move the cursor the mouse to the bottom left of the screen. From the dropdown menu select “Change PC settings”. Then click “Change settings of PC”:
In the operating system configuration, click Users and then “Add a user”. Then, to finish creating your account, you can activate the option to Child Protection:
Once the account is created, you must access the Control Panel of Windows 8. One way is to enter “Computer” located in the Windows Explorer. There, click on “Control Panel”:
Being in Control Panel, configure this tool to see icons with details. Then, select “Family Safety”:
Then a window will appear where you can select the user to configure and filter to be applied:
Then, configure parental control according to the accounts; content filtering, time limits, among others.
This post shows how to enable filtering based on categories:
Then select the “Minor can only use websites that I allow” and then press on “Set filter level”:
In the next window, select the appropriate filtering method based on the needs of the adult:
If you follow the above steps, the Windows Family Safety protects the child or child’s access to improper content sites.
When using Parental Control from ESET Smart Security , do the following:
Having installed the latest version, double-click the product icon located next to the Windows clock. While in the main window, enter the setup menu or simply press F5:
There, click on Parental Control and then check the option “Integrate the system”:
Then, click Accounts, and add both the adult and the child entering the name of the account. For each account, you can select the age of the user to properly configure filtering sites by category:
Then, you must click on “categories” (such as social networking, chat rooms, email, Content, etc…) and select the account you set up. Importantly, activating a category, allows the entry to such pages. In other words, in the mind of the child should be disabled all the categories that you want to block:
The same procedure must be performed in reverse adult’s account, i.e. to allow required categories.
Finally, save all changes by clicking the OK button.
You can also allow or block specific sites by accessing the “Exceptions”:
From that moment, the child cannot visit sites that are within a prohibited category. Below shows a screen shot of the Google search configured as forbidden content and subsequent blockade of the site:
Furthermore, if the child’s account is standard or restricted privileges, you cannot disable or modify the Parental Control settings for not having the required permissions: