Protecting both yourself and children on all your home devices is essential. In this article we will go over some steps that you can perform to enable parental controls on your Windows devices. We also highly recommend that parents guide and teach their children on how to use technology safely. We have various articles with resources on our website which can help you with this: https://www.safesurfer.co.nz/blog/

The Parenting Place also have various helpful resources on their website: https://www.theparentingplace.com/

Any kind of parental controls should not be considered a replacement for appropriate visual monitoring of devices used by your children. Devices should always be used in open areas and kept out of bedrooms.

User accounts

On Windows, there are two common types of user accounts (also known as logins) — Standard users and Administrator users. Standard user accounts can only change some settings, cannot install or remove applications, or make advanced computer setting changes. Administrator user accounts on the other hand have full control over your computer.

If you are a parent, you should keep control of the local Administrator account. If your children have user accounts, change their accounts to be Standard users. You can do this on an Administrator account by navigating to Start Menu > Settings > Accounts > Family & Other Users. Change each applicable account to a Standard user.

If you need to make a new Standard user account, click Add someone else to this PC. Click I don't have this person's sign in information. Proceed through the rest of the process to create the account.

We highly recommend changing the password of the Administrator account. Once you are signed in as your administrator account, in the Settings app in the Accounts menu click Sign-in options. Click Password and change the password to your account. Do this process for all Administrator accounts.

Configure your home network with Safe Surfer

There are two ways you can filter Internet with us on your home network: purchasing a Safe Surfer Wi-Fi Lifeguard router or configuring your main home router to use Safe Surfer DNS services.

Safe Surfer Wi-Fi Lifeguard router

Wi-Fi Lifeguard is the best way to protect your home network. Wi-Fi Lifeguard features the ability to have full control over how devices use the Internet on your home network. You can find out more about Wi-Fi Lifeguard here: https://shop.safesurfer.io/products/internet-lifeguard

Reconfigure Your Router

Alternatively, you can configure the DNS settings of your main home router to easily block access to a wide range of harmful websites. Any devices using Internet provided by your main home router will have forced filtering.

We have a guide on how you can configure your main home router here: http://www.safesurfer.co.nz/generic-router/
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