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Block Or Allow Programs Your Child Uses With Parental Controls

This is another installment in using the Parental Controls feature in Vista.  I figured this week I would cover these controls and other utilities we can use to help protect the kids.  At the end of this week or beginning of next I will put together everything and do one comprehensive article that covers everything.  As this series continues I invite you to let us know of other tricks and or software you use for this.

So far we have covered Web Filtering and Time allowed on the PC.  Again open Control Panel and click on Set up parental controls for any user.

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You will then be greeted with the screen to select the user you want to control.

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After selecting the account again you will want to verify Parental Controls are activated.  This time under Window Settings we want to click on “Allow and block specific programs”.

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Next just click on the selection for you to allow what programs to be used.

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Now wait a bit while Vista scans and comes up with a list of programs.  When the list is generated you can scroll through and check and block what you do or don’t want your child using.  Checking the program means the child CAN use it.  Leaving it blank means they CAN NOT use it. 

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When you are done just click on OK twice to get back to the desktop.  Now it is set!  I really like how simple Parental Controls are to set up.  Now, when your child is logged into their profile if they try to access an off limits program they will receive this pop up message.

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Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 08/5/08

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