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Keep Your Kids Safe Online With These Parental Control Apps

Parental controls for Windows can help you control website access, block inappropriate content, set time limits, monitor social-network posts.

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Parental controls for Windows can help you monitor and restrict a child's activities on a PC. Your kids will want to be online to play games, chat with friends, and do schoolwork. Through parentalmore

Parental controls for Windows can help you monitor and restrict a child's activities on a PC. Your kids will want to be online to play games, chat with friends, and do schoolwork. Through parental controls, you help your child stay safe online.

You can control website access, block inappropriate content, set time limits, and monitor social-network posts. While not a substitute for parenting, the controls can help enforce family rules and keep kids out of trouble.

How do parental controls work?

With parental controls software, you can limit kids' access to software and games, filter websites, and set time limits for computer usage. Along with Windows, most of the parental tools are available for Mac, Android, and iOS, so you can have a consistent policy across all family devices. Plus, for mobile devices, you can track phone location and set up geo-fences. You can monitor your child's activity through a web browser and email alerts.

What about free parental controls software?

Some of the child-monitoring apps, such as Norton's free parental controls app, provide a subset of their parental tools without charge. And, of course, Windows 10 family tools come with the OS.

Does Microsoft include parental controls in Windows?

With Windows 10, you can create accounts for your kids and then add them to a family account. Once the kids are in the family account, you can restrict website, software, and game access based on age; set time limits; and review recent activity. A downside is you are limited to Windows 10 devices.

Best Windows Parental Controls Software

Symantec Norton Family Premier

Symantec Norton Family Premier

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Norton's Family set of parental controls starts at $ 49.99 a year and includes the ability to set time limits. A subset of the controls is available for free.

Qustodio for Families Premium

Qustodio for Families Premium

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A free edition of Qustodio for Families lets you protect one device. With the premium version, you can use on five devices for $49.99. Qustodio lets you block inappropriate content, set limits on screen time, control apps and games, and view text and phone logs.