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Configuring a child’s computer for using Refog with Windows 7

26 March 2015, by — admin ()

Part 2. Configuring a computer with Windows 7 installed.

In the first part of this manual we described how to configure a computer running Windows 8.1 OS, so that child’s experience with it was safe (both for a child and a computer).

In this part we are going to configure a computer operating under Windows 7. Although the set of tools for parental control provided in Windows 7 is poorer, the key-principles are the same:

  • Setting a password for a parent account
  • Creating a separate account for a child
  • Activation and configuration of the built-in mechanisms for parental control
  • Installation of third-party software in cases when more advanced child monitoring is needed.

 

It should be noted that the first three principles are actual recommendations given by Microsoft (the Windows OS developer) and can be found in their help system, which we are going to refer to.

1. Setting a password for a parent account

According to a recommendation given by Microsoft it is a good idea not only to separate the parent’s account and child’s account, but also to make sure that neither account has admin rights. Administrator account should be the only account to have them and should not be used by anybody.

When installing software from a non-administrator account you will simply have to input an administrator password.

So, if a computer is used by a parent and a child, the best option will be to have three accounts — Administrator, Parent, Child.

When you have logged in as a user with admin rights, point the cursor at the ‘Start’ button, this will open a menu, where you need to choose the ‘Control Panel’.

In the ‘Control Panel’ window select ‘User Accounts and Family Safety’.

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Choose the Administrator`s account to change.

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In this section click the ‘Create a password’ link.

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Then make up a password and enter it twice. You’ll have to enter it to turn on the computer and to log into a parent account.

That gives you minimal protection, while causing minimal inconvenience; however, it is essential.

 

2. Creating a separate account for a child.

The process of creating an account for parents (which is strongly recommended) is the same, so, we won’t elaborate on this step.

Go back to the ‘User Accounts and Family Safety’ applet.

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Click on ‘Create a new account’.

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You’ll be suggested to enter a user’s name (your child’s name, for instance). Put a check mark in the ‘Standard user’ box and click ‘Create Account’.

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That’s it, you’ve created an account for your child, and he/she is now able to log in under it.

You can also protect his/her account with a password, but it isn’t necessary.

A parent account is created in a similar fashion.

 

3. Activation and configuration of the built-in parental control mechanisms.

After you’ve created an account for a child, click on the ‘Set up Parental controls for any user’ link in Control Panel.

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After that, you need to select an account you want to set parental control for. Simply click on it.

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In the new window, place a check mark in the ‘On, enforce current settings’ box.

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In this window you can configure parental control parameters.

You can limit the total time spent on the computer, block unwanted games or programs.

When you have set the desired configuration, click ‘OK’ to exit.

 

4. Increasing the capabilities.

You may have noticed that Windows 7 offers far fewer features than Windows 8.

Some functionality will be added if you install ‘Family Safety’ component from ‘Windows Essentials’ package that can be downloaded from the Microsoft web site. Further instructions regarding its installation and configuration process can be found here.

Third-party child monitoring software allows you to expand the list of features significantly. An example of such software is Refog Personal Monitor.

Here are some of its features:

  • A list of websites visited and games played by your child;
  • The time spent on the PC;
  • Screenshots while PC is being used;
  • A report on the usage of social media websites.

 

The program immediately sends you an email notification if your child types in a ‘signal phrase’ (for instance, your home address or other kind of personal information).

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The program will periodically generate a report detailing your child’s online activities and send it to your email address. You will be able to open and view them anywhere, even on your smartphone.

The program can be downloaded here.

 

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