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How to Kid Proof Your Computer's Power and Reset Buttons

If you’ve got a little one around the house (or little ones that frequently visit) and you don’t want to move your PC tower to keep them away from the buttons, this clever hack kid proofs them–no moving necessary.

Over at IKEAHackers they’ve shared a clever little hack. Using the IKEA PATRULL refrigerator lock and the lid from a PUTRA food container, they’ve crafted an ingenious lock that clamps the lid over the power and reset buttons, keeping little fingers from mashing them in. When you need to use the buttons you just click the safety lock open and push them.

Hit up the link below for more information.

How to Protect Your PC from a Two-Year Old Child [IKEAHackers]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/7/11

Comments (6)

  1. Dwhole

    Not a bad idea. For my son’s computer, I use a case that keeps the power buttons behind a lockable door. He has pressed the reset on my desktop while I was working on it. I’m going to add a key switch that controls the power buttons – so it will only operate if left in the right position.

  2. Godey

    I have two kids (4&1 yrs olds). in my desperate attempt to stop them from restarting /sleeping the computer when i am busy working I use toddler keys : . It has worked for me especially the cd drive. No more eject/close kids play. Also in the advance power settings in windows I have disabled both the reset button and the sleep keys.

  3. Jason Fitzpatrick

    We went through phases at our house… when my daughter was really young I just used a baby gate to keep her out of the office. As she got older I told her if she touched any of the buttons on the computer it could break the computer and if the computer was broken that might mean no more movies (at the time my office computer as also the media server for the house). No more movies seemed like such a horrible thing that she never once pushed any of the buttons on it.

  4. johnny

    Toddler keys is a nice free software that not only removes the buttons functions on your PC but can also lock drive doors, keyboard and mouse.

  5. jack

    Doesn’t windows let you do that already ? You can go into power settings and say that dont do anything when the power button is pressed. That is what I have done to solve the problem my curious 2 yr old trying to explore the shiny power button on the desktop.

  6. Edward

    My power button light up red it is shiny and hard to keep my kid away from

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