Stay in charge with Child Control

True to its name and supported by an easy-to-use interface, Child Control gives you a number of creative ways to control your kids' use of the computer.

True to its name, Child Control gives you a number of creative ways to control your kids' use of the computer.

For instance, it lets you restrict access to games or other applications to a certain amount of time per day, or you can set the PC to automatically shut down after a certain hour. If you're concerned about your child's Web-surfing activities, you can block sites that contain blacklisted words. Monitoring PC usage in your absence won't be a problem, as Child Control can send reports via e-mail. With special temporary-access codes, you can even extend usage time while you're away.

The application is decently protected against youthful computer prodigies; although kids will be able to see the utility via the Start menu, they must have the master password to disable it. For added protection, Child Control can disable the Task Manager along with other Windows system functions. Perhaps even more important, the interface is clean and won't confuse most parents.

All told, Child Control makes a nice pick for parents who want to keep an eye on their youngsters' doings on the computer.

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