The Complete Guide to PC (Laptop) Parental Controls
Step 1: Set up Clean DNS on your home’s network.
Remember, you are responsible for every digital click on your home’s network, and so for every device that uses your home’s WiFi network, have something in place to monitor who’s connected to your WiFi and control where they’re going. Two popular options for parents are:
- CleanBrowsing – similar to OpenDNS, you can set CleanBrowsing’s clean DNS and block most known porn domains (FREE). Read all about it in our extremely popular DNS blog post.
- Circle with Disney – by far the most popular parental control device on the market ($$ to purchase).
- OpenDNS – we’ve provided set-up details (FREE).
We’ve recently found OpenDNS to be glitchy with our internet service, which is why we’ve moved to Clean Browsing’s clean DNS for every device in our home, including the router.
Step 2: Configure the PC (Laptop) Parental Controls.
- Windows 7: see if it’s already installed by searching for Windows Live Family Safety from the Start menu. Otherwise, follow the instructions at the bottom of this blog post where it mentions Windows 7.
- Windows 8: Scroll your mouse to the right edge of the screen and select Settings from the pop-out menu.
- Windows 10: please follow the instructions on this well-done article by How-to-Geek.
Step 3: Use filtering and accountability software.
There are a few options shown on our Resources page. Covenant Eyes works great for lap and desktops, which you can read more about here.
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