Home Alone – Monitoring Teen Screen Time in School Holidays – Parental Control

It’s School Holidays! You’re at work. The teens are at home. Is it possible that while the cat’s away the mice will play? If there are no boundaries even the best of us will wiggle our toes outside the limits. How do you then build trust with your teen and monitor and limit their screen time while you are not there?

In Windows 7 you can set limits on your child’s computer use—and help them be safer online—without constantly peeking over their shoulders. These Parental Controls can help you limit how much computer time children have, as well as which programs and games they can use and you can limit when these programs and games are available. With the Parental Controls in Windows Media Center, you can also block access to inappropriate TV shows and movies.

To help keep your children safer online, download Windows Live Family Safety. This free program helps you manage which websites your children see and who they can talk to online. It also provides helpful, easy-to-read reports of their online activity.

One user commented: ‘I found Parental Controls remarkably easy to configure. By setting up separate user accounts, I was able to tweak the Parental Controls settings for each of my daughters. For my 13-year-old, I restricted access to instant messaging programs. For my 15-year-old, I allowed access to games with ratings up through “Teen.” ….I (also) blocked out the hours when they couldn’t use the computer.’

Turning on Parental Controls in Windows is a good way to grow an extra pair of eyes in the back of your head.

Keeping tabs on my teens: Using parental control software.

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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