Looking for web filtering and activity reports in Windows Parental Controls?
You might have noticed that in Windows 7, web restrictions and activity reports aren’t included in Parental Controls. You can still restrict the sites your kids can visit and see reports of their online activity by adding a service provider in Windows Parental Controls, such as Windows Live Family Safety. With Family Safety, you can set up web filtering and activity monitoring for your kids.
Family Safety Filter
The Family Safety Filter monitors your child’s computer activity and filters the content they can see on the web. It needs to be installed and set up on each computer your children use. To see if you already have the Family Safety Filter installed on your computer, click the Start button, type
Windows Live Family Safety
in the search box, and see if it appears in the results. If not, you can download and install
Windows Live Family Safety—a part of Windows Essentials—for free.
Windows Live Family Safety website
Once you’ve installed the Family Safety Filter, you can use the Family Safety website
to do the following, and more:
Get detailed activity reports. See what websites each of your kids visited (or tried to visit), what programs they used, and how much time they spent on the computer.
Choose your children’s web filtering level. When you first set up the Family Safety Filter, your child's web filtering level is automatically set to basic. You can change it to strict or custom, and block or allow specific webpages or websites.
For more information about Family Safety and all of the programs in
Windows Essentials, go to the
Windows Essentials website
. Or visit the Parental Controls feature page to learn more about
Windows 7 Parental Controls.