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In Windows 7, many of the Windows Vista integrated parental controls that you may be familiar with have been stripped out of the core operating system. And to make up for that lost functionality, Microsoft has added an extensibility framework to Windows 7 so that third party providers can add on to the parental control features that we talked about in a previous lesson. So Windows Live Family Safety is one example of such a provider, though in this case it's made by Microsoft, and it's not really a third party.
Let's check it out. First, we go down to the Windows orb or the Start button > All Programs and Windows Live here. If you chose during the installation and download process to include Windows Live Family Safety, here's where it appears. Here's where we sign in to setup our Family Safety. So, you'll need your Windows Live ID and your password, and then click the Sign in button. Now, this may take a moment just to setup your Family Safety.
All of your settings will be accessible through the Internet on the Family Safety webpage at Windows Live. And once you got that set up, you are ready to start picking who is going to be monitored. So you are going to be monitoring the accounts that you have on your computer. So here you can see I am the Administrator, I am password protected and I have got some other accounts here. Notice for the children here, this is the one I want to monitor, and I don't need to monitor Karen's. So once, I have selected the accounts that I want to monitor on this computer, and keep in mind if there are other computers in your household that you'll want to setup Family Safety on them as well, you click Save.
So you can see that it's setting up Family Safety according to the accounts I have selected through those checkboxes. You can even create new accounts right from there, by the way. Now, notice a little message pops-up that some of my Windows accounts don't have passwords and to prevent children from bypassing the Family Safety, I might want to add a password to each and every account. In this case, my Guest account. So I can do it right from this window. Click Add passwords, and I am going to click the Guest account here to select it. And in this case, I want to turn it off.
So that's one option. I can turn-off the Guest account, and when I do that, they won't have access to it. Now, I could have gone down here and setup parental controls, etcetera, for any of these accounts from here. Keep in mind, we are using the Family Safety add-on from Windows Live. So, let's go back down to our taskbar. We'll go back to the Family Safety, we'll click Next, and here's the account we selected. In this case, for me, it was children. The Web filtering, you can see by default it's set to basic, Activity reporting is turned on. Contact management is not.
If you don't see everyone here, you can monitor another Windows account by clicking this link and selecting it. So to customize these settings, like I said, we are going to go to familysafety.live.com. So we can close this window, but let's click this link first to open up our default browser to take us directly to that site. You may have to login, if you're not already. And here you can see my Children account, and here's where I go to edit settings and view any activity. I am going to click Edit settings. Now, here we have got Web filtering.
We know that the default is set to Basic. Only adult content is blocked with the basic; websites in other categories aren't blocked. So if you want to make a change, you just click the link Turn on web filtering already selected. And then here's the different settings we have. Strict: Blocks all websites except child-friendly sites. So depending on the age of your children, you might want that one. And then, there's also Custom down below where you get to select the categories you want to allow. So I am going to go to that one which opens up the various categories, and here are the ones that I want to allow.
So you will notice child-friendly website already selected. That's allowed. Social networking websites, I might want to allow those. And if you wanted Web mail, you might want to select that one as well. So it's really up to you which categories you select, and then you can click Save to save your changes. Now, those changes appear here, checked off. Notice also down below, under Custom here, we can choose to allow or block specific websites just by simply entering your addresses here.
So on the left-hand side, you would enter an address that you want to allow. On the right-hand side, you can see that it could be for this person only or for everyone. If you enter an address here and click the Block button, you'll be blocking it for whatever selected here on the right side as well. So, it could be for this person only or for everybody, for both allowing and blocking websites. Down below for downloads, Allow Children to download files online. You can deselect that. Now you have made another change. You need to save those changes again clicking the Save button.
Now, we have got Activity reporting as well. This is all part of Windows Live Family Safety. You'll be able to use this page to get reports of the activities. So what sites have your children been visiting? Now down below, we have just started this up so there's really no activity to look at, but you have also got the ability to choose the date ranges. You can turn it on or off if it's something you don't use. You might want to turn off Activity reporting. But when you're ready, just click Show activity, and of course, we are not going to see anything right now. A 0 appears here.
Other Internet activity and computer activity can also be monitored with this report. So here we see the family members down in the left, and you can change family members right from here on this page. It's a great little site. And if you really want to control what your children or family members are accessing on the Internet, it's a great add-on to the parental controls we talked about in a previous lesson. All right, so when you're done you can sign out or just simply close up to stay signed in. We can close that window now, and here we are back to our family safety user accounts.
A little message may pop up. You may see Windows Live Family Safety Settings have been updated. You can close that message by clicking the Close button. So at any time you can go back to that website to edit your settings, monitor reports and read them, check them out, lots of cool features, and with Windows Live Family Safety you can feel confident and in control over what can be accessed by family members.
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