How to Set Up Parental Controls on Your Home Network:
Parental Controls is a new feature designed to let parents set controls for their children’s computer use. Parental controls can filter the web, blocking inadvertent access to inappropriate websites.
Parental Controls are located in the Control Panel in Vista. To use Parental Controls, you first need to set up a new user account. The Parental Controls will be associated with this user account, which is the account you will have your children log on to the computer with. You can also choose to use activity reports to view your children’s online activities.
Options available under Parental Controls include the following:
Time Limits: Setting specific time limits that will prevent logging on during certain times of the day
Game Content: Controls to access games where you can set an appropriate age level and content type you want to block
Web Access: Allows you to restrict the Web sites that children visit and choose if you want to allow file transfers
Program-specific Controls: Allows you to keep your children from running specific programs on the computer.
Windows 7 doesn’t include a web filter. Microsoft does still offer Family Safety, a free program that allows you to set up web filtering on Windows 7.Install the Family Safety program on your Windows 7 computer and you’ll be able to manage its settings from Microsoft’s Family Safety website. The program is available as part of Microsoft’s Windows essentials Package.
Windows 8 or Windows 10:
Windows 8 and Windows 10 have integrated parental controls that combine Windows 7’s time limits and program access controls with Family Safety’s web filtering and more new features. You can manage your settings and view reports from the same Family Safety Website. All you need to do is check the “Is this a child’s account?” box when setting up a new user account on Windows 8. The account will be marked as a child’s account and can be managed from the Family Safety website online.
Your router functions as the choke point where all the Internet traffic for your network flows through. Setting up parental controls here will allow you to perform web filtering for all the devices on your network — computers, smartphones, tablets, and even game consoles with built-in browsers.
Some routers ship with built-in parental controls. If your router has this feature, it will often be advertised on the box and will generally be explained in the manual. You can go to the router’s web-based configuration pages and set up the parental controls for your network.
Many routers don’t include parental controls, but you can use OpenDNS to set up parental controls on any router. To do this, you’ll just need to change your router’s DNS server settings to use OpenDNS. OpenDNS allows you to setup an account and configure web filtering — you can select different types of categories of websites to block. Websites you block will redirect to a “This site is blocked” message when visited on your network.
Wireless Network router:
STEP 1: Login to router´s configuration page. Open your web browser and type the LAN IP address of the router or http://tplinklogin.net in the address bar (the default IP address of TP-LINK routers is 192.168.1.1 or192.168.0.1), then press Enter. When you are prompted, enter the router´s username and password (the default username and password are both admin)
STEP 2: On the left-side menu, click Parental control to open settings page. Select Enable and input the MAC address of parental PC on this page. Press Add new button on the bottom to create a new rule.
STEP 3: Parental Control setting consists of three main steps, see as follows.
Time settings: Time settings button to set the time of router. This link will transfer you to the Time settings page. You can set time manually or acquire time from an NTP server or Internet automatically.
Schedule button: To set the schedule of router. This link will transfer you to the Schedule Settings page. Schedules are set for you to control the time of surfing. Click Save to save the settings, and then the following page will appear. You can set several different Schedules for choice.
STEP 4: Please go back to this page and finish the third step, and then check Enable to make all the settings take effect. You can choose the Schedule which you have already set or choose anytime.