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Using Parental Controls


Windows 8.1 Essential Training

with David Rivers

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If your Windows 8.1 computer is going to be used by other family members, perhaps children, you may want to set up child accounts. And by doing so, get access to a number of family safety settings. Now, there are no family safety settings to set up for any account that's not a child account. So, if you don't have a child account on the computer, you don't really have to worry about it. If you do have a child account though, you get access to a lot of different restrictions and reports for those accounts. Let's take a look at it now.
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  1. 1m 23s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 32m 40s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 8.1 versions
      2m 43s
    2. Getting familiar with the user interface
      8m 11s
    3. Exploring the Windows 8.1 desktop
      6m 13s
    4. Using touch screens and gestures
      2m 8s
    5. Switching between apps with Switcher
      3m 50s
    6. Personalizing Windows 8.1
      7m 33s
    7. Creating tile groups
      2m 2s
  3. 43m 58s
    1. Using the ribbon in File Explorer
      10m 21s
    2. Organizing folders and files
      6m 22s
    3. Customizing folder behavior
      5m 28s
    4. Searching for files and file contents
      7m 22s
    5. Creating easy access to files and folders
      4m 56s
    6. Using SkyDrive
      4m 29s
    7. Copying files in a single window
      5m 0s
  4. 1h 11m
    1. Managing mail with the Mail app
      7m 46s
    2. Keeping dates with the Calendar app
      6m 59s
    3. Managing contacts in the People app
      9m 55s
    4. Communicating with contacts using Skype
      10m 13s
    5. Working with photos
      10m 58s
    6. Reading text with the Reader app
      4m 14s
    7. Managing music with the Music app
      8m 29s
    8. Locating places with Maps
      8m 29s
    9. Timing things with Alarms
      4m 19s
  5. 28m 18s
    1. Typing text with Sticky Notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      10m 30s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      10m 18s
    3. Performing calculations with the Calculator
      2m 55s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      4m 35s
  6. 31m 17s
    1. Viewing your current system specs
      4m 4s
    2. Controlling sound device volume settings
      7m 36s
    3. Removing unwanted applications
      2m 55s
    4. Setting default programs
      5m 26s
    5. Setting accessibility options
      8m 45s
    6. Navigation settings for desktop lovers
      2m 31s
  7. 20m 34s
    1. Getting connected
      4m 1s
    2. Connecting PCs with HomeGroup
      6m 29s
    3. Connecting to another computer with Remote Desktop
      2m 44s
    4. Selecting sharing options for networks
      3m 54s
    5. Adding and removing devices
      3m 26s
  8. 40m 48s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      4m 26s
    2. Viewing and resolving security issues with Action Center
      3m 28s
    3. Battling malicious software with Windows Defender
      4m 52s
    4. Controlling user account access
      3m 53s
    5. Secure your account with passwords and PINs
      5m 51s
    6. Using Parental Controls
      10m 8s
    7. Encrypting a drive with BitLocker
      4m 22s
    8. Using Encrypting File System (EFS)
      3m 48s
  9. 12m 2s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      3m 27s
    2. Printing files to the XPS format
      4m 53s
    3. Accessing and changing printer options
      3m 42s
  10. 20m 43s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      4m 10s
    2. Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      4m 40s
    3. Backing up with File History
      5m 57s
    4. Reversing a fatal crash with System Restore
      3m 21s
    5. Resetting your Windows 8.1 installation
      2m 35s
  11. 40s
    1. Next steps

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Windows 8 was a new direction for Microsoft, offering mobile integration, cloud storage, and security enhancements. But some people were unhappy with its design. Windows 8.1 answers these complaints and takes Windows a step further. In this course, David Rivers shows you all its essential features. Take a tour of the interface, review the new file and folder behaviors, and meet the most useful apps, including Calendar, Photos, Maps, and Music. David also shows how to adjust system settings like default programs and volume, work with external devices, and set up networks. The final chapters show you how to keep your computer even more secure with Access Control and Windows Defender, and how to troubleshoot potential issues, like reversing fatal crashes.

Topics include:
  • Using touch screens and gestures
  • Organizing files and folders
  • Managing your inbox with the Mail app
  • Working with photos
  • Managing contacts in the People app
  • Controlling system sounds, volume, and accessibility options
  • Getting connected to other PCs and devices
  • Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
  • Using parental controls to block unwanted content
  • Printing from Windows 8
  • Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
  • Keeping file backups with File History
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Using Parental Controls

If your Windows 8.1 computer is going to be used by other family members, perhaps children, you may want to set up child accounts. And by doing so, get access to a number of family safety settings. Now, there are no family safety settings to set up for any account that's not a child account. So, if you don't have a child account on the computer, you don't really have to worry about it. If you do have a child account though, you get access to a lot of different restrictions and reports for those accounts. Let's take a look at it now.

We'll begin by making sure we have a child account. Let's type in the word Account right here from the start screen, and then go to Add, delete, and manage other user accounts. That takes us directly to the accounts category of our PC settings with Other accounts selected. Notice I don't have any child accounts and I don't see a link for family safety. So, we can go to an existing account to change it, or Add a child account. I'm going to change one of my existing ones that we set up earlier, Karen. I'm going to click there, click Edit, and all I can do is change the account type, from Standard User, to Administrator, or there it is, Child.

I'll click Child and click OK. So it just takes a moment to change the account up. Now we're going to see a number of accounts including a child account. If we pop back to our own account and then down to other accounts, notice that we see all of them including the new child account and a new link to Manage Family Safety settings. It's done online now here in Windows 8.1 which means your browser opens up and prompts you for your password to log in and adjust these settings online. So let's do it. Manage family safety settings online.

We click the link, It will launch your browser, and it's going to prompt you for your Sign in. So, all you have to do now, is type in your username. Sometimes, your username is inserted for you. (SOUND) And your Password. (SOUND) Press enter or click Sign in. And you'll notice you've arrived at the family safety site. Now you might be prompted down below to store your password for this site. And I'm not sure so ask me later is what I'm clicking.

Right now though you can see we have devices showing up. So if you had for example, smart phones, tablets, PC's It will apply to all of these devices, including a Windows phone, if you wanted to add it. But over here is where you'll see the accounts. First of all, there will be a Parent's section. And you, as the administrator, would be considered the primary parent. Now, you can go in there to adjust your own settings, get reports and so on. But we're going to start with our Kids. The child account that we just edited or created, Is called Karen.

We'll give it a click, and notice we're looking at an overview now for Karen. So, this is what we have set up by default. Activity reporting's turned on, web filtering's turned on. Time limits, App restrictions turned off. Store and game restrictions turned off. And you can see approve or deny Karen's request to use specific websites, apps and games. No request. Okay, all of these can be adjusted. We can click the links to go in there just go down the left hand side. Let's go to Activity reporting.

Alright, from here you can see it is indeed turned on. And this is where we go just to look at PC activity. Also, look at Notifications down below. Now, this is a brand new account, so I'm not seeing any activity, but you're going to see the number of hours used each day. Let's go to Web activity. Here you can see that's turned on, and we can adjust the dates, the range that we're showing. By clicking Show activity, you're going to see things like web addresses that were visited, Actions taken, the Categories for those websites. When they were Last accessed, and the number of Visits.

Again, a brand new account is showing nothing here. Same thing for PC activity. So here you can see, we have the various days of the week. And you can see the number of sessions, they'll be blocked off in blue. Apps and games are tracked down below. File downloads, no activity. No Windows Store downloads. I can get all of this information on this account, my child account for Karen. All right, that's just looking at what's going on. To set it up, we can go down to the left-hand side here and start with Web filtering.

Clicking there allows us to turn it On or off, for one. This is turned on by default. Clicking the slider turns it off. I want it on. And then there are different levels. With the slider way at the top here, the only websites this person will be able to access are the ones that I allow on the Allow list. If I drag this down, you'll notice we start to allow more, designated for children sites. A little further down, general interest sites will also be allowed. Just adult sites will be blocked, and so on.

So for this particular account, I just want them to be able to access a list of websites I choose for them. And we do that by going to the Allow list and typing in websites. So, we can choose not only what they're allowed to see, but block sites here as well. Lets say for example, we type in Well, for this person only, or for everyone. Well, just this person. I can allow the site or block it. This is one I want to Allow, and it appears on the allowed sites list. I can remove that at anytime.

So for example if I typed in and Blocked, or you can see now it appears over here in the right hand side. I didn't mean to do that, I'll delete it, go back in here and Allow it (SOUND). Notice also when I set up a list of websites to be allowed and blocked I can use a list from another account if I've already done this for another child, for example. Or I could choose to use this list for those other accounts if this is the first one I'm setting up. That'll save you some time.

All right, so that's Web Filtering. Let's go to Time limits now. Time limits has Allowance and Curfew, so we can allow the number of hours, for example, that our user account, in this case Karen, can access the web. So in this case you can see a couple of hours each week day can be adjusted. I'm going to change that to 1 hour and a half. Every weekday Monday to Friday. On weekends we've already set this up to five I'm going to change it to six, six hours on the weekend.

Okay great, could also set up curfew. Now Curfew, is going to show up as time Blocked that allows you to set, for example, an hour by turning this on. Where they wont be able to use it, so let's say from 8 to 11 at night, click and drag, you can actually go down all the way here, and block off that time. Notice it is blocked. Now you'll start with an empty grid. You can go in here, block off some extra time, just with clicks. Or if you wanted to, go back over those click and drag on anything that's already highlighted to allow.

Okay, so from midnight here til say 7 in the morning, every day of the week, that should be blocked as well. Perfect. So that's our curfew. We can also restrict at games, and when we go App restrictions, turning it on allows us to go down here and pick and choose the apps that are already installed. I don't have a whole lot here, but I can expand Accessories, for example, and I have something here for video LAN as well. Maybe I want to allow some of these. Such as Wordpad, that should be allowed.

And VLC media player, I'm going to allow that as well. The others are blocked by default. You can do the same for games like we did for websites. We can turn this on and choose a rating level. If you have very young children, maybe only early childhood games should be allowed to be played. That's the rating level we can look at the rating system here if we wanted to as well and make selections. I'm going to go back to the Rating level, and now you can see, based on that Rating system, we have different options.

I'm going to go back, I just want to see what that looks like, okay, for film. And again, the further we drag the slider down, the less restriction there is, so we're allowing more. I'm going to go back up to General only. So we can do that for any of the rating systems that you see listed here. Alright, there's also a Game list, so if you wanted to, you could search for games installed and pick and choose which ones are allowed. You can see right now I don't have any games, so it really doesn't matter at this point.

Let's go back to our own account now, by going to your own name here, under Family Members. And again, you have all of these options under your own account. But let's go up to Overview because it's up here where you're going to see the reports, frequency requests, and activity reports. Clicking those, allow you to go in and make changes. So how often should we send permission requests to this account? Well, every day? Per child? Turn it off or immediately. Those are your options. Click anywhere outside that and go to Activity report frequency.

How often do you want to get activity reports and for who. Well just for Karen I want to get them weekly. The only other option is to turn it off. I'm going to keep it set that way. Alright, Activity reporting, when we get into it. Now we're talking about activity reporting for ourselves. So we can set up all of these options for our own account if we wanted to as well. Alright, we can also remove a family memeber if we wanted to. Could go to Karen, remove this family member. If it's no longer an issue, they're not going to be using thsi computer. It's not necessary. We can do that from family safety knowing they'll still have their account.

Alright, all we need to do now is click Close. I'm going to sign out by clicking my name in the top-right corner and choose Sign out. And once I've signed out I can now close this up by going up to the top when I see the hand. I'm going to click and drag it straight down until it flips around. And release. I've closed out my Family Safety settings knowing that my PC is secure when it comes to my children and what they're allow to see and how long they are allow to use the computer to see it.

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