Are there any parental controls in Windows XP ? Sure there are. And if you're worried about the online safety of your children you can find out how to use them in this article.
Tip : also read this great tip that will make your (somewhat older) children explore the internet in a more exciting, constructive way. It's a proven method to make young people realize that there's much more to the internet than instant messaging alone. They learn valuable, in-demand skills and if they play it smart they can even generate an income with it.
If you want to learn how to protect your internet and computer privacy you could easily spend the better part of your weekend reading reviews on parental controls and internet filtering software.
It's a complex matter.
But why not start by using the built in parental controls in Windows XP ? No filtering software is perfect and they all have their weak spots, but in order to prevent your children from viewing inappropriate content, you have to explore the possibilities.
The Content Advisor in Internet Explorer is one way to protect your family's online safety. That is if you use Internet Explorer to go on the internet of course. Most other browsers offer their own mechanism to deal with internet safety.
To enable the content advisor in Internet Explorer ...
That opens up the Content Advisor properties window :
In this window, click each category and use the slider to set the desired level.
You will also notice the "Approved Sites" tab. It allows you to add sites manually and specify if you want the site to be always blocked or always allowed.
The "General" tab lets you specify if websites without rating system should be blocked or not. You can also set a supervisor password and find rating systems in the "General" tab. Choose a secure password, write it down and store it in a safe place.
You will need this password whenever someone needs access to restricted content and whenever you need to change or disable the Content Advisor.
In addition to the Content Advisor in Internet Explorer you can also set parental controls in Windows XP in ...
If your computer has a DVD drive, you can play a DVD by putting it in the drive and choosing "Play" in Windows Media Player. To implement parental controls on DVDs played on the computer, select "Tools" -> "Options" in Windows Media Player and click the DVD tab.
You will see a check box to enable parental controls and a rating drop-down list to specify the rating to apply.
Chatting on the internet is immensely popular. Exciting and fun, but not without danger. Parents often don't have the faintest idea about what is going on in chatrooms.
On the internet everybody can pretend to be anyone. Young kids don't always realize that. They don't know that there are people out there with phony identities, completed with fake pictures, fake hobbies and fake favorite snacks.
You can learn how to protect your children from these individuals in our instant messenger monitor article. (The link takes you to another page. At the bottom of that page you will find a link that brings you back here. I'll wait here.)
Apart from parental controls in Windows XP, nothing can replace common sense when it comes to protecting yourself and your family on the internet.
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We have to admit it : MSN Messenger is fun. Everyone with youngsters in the house knows that instant messaging programs are extremely popular. But nowadays more and more bright teenagers are exploring the web in a new, promising way.
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Today the market is flooded with dummy-proof systems to create personal and hobby websites, but 99% of them are only collecting e-dust because no-one ever knows they exist.
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A SiteSell website isn't free, but in most cases it pays itself back (and more) after one year. The possibilities and techniques to generate income from a website are also covered in the excellent documentation.
Everything that your teenagers need to make their friends jealous with their new extra income is included in the package.
The only disadvantage to the system is ...
... some people have a hard time believing that it can be so simple to learn these valuable, in-demand skills for such a reasonable price.
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