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Setting up Parental Controls on Your Computer



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    Daily we see how technology is evolving, and how much more content we can consume not only with smartphones but also with PCs. In everyday speech, we use the term PC (Personal Computer) for a computer running on the Windows operating system. Since we don’t discriminate against other operating systems, we have a guide on how to put parental controls on your computer with the most used operating systems in case you want to monitor or filter the content that your child is consuming. 


    How to Put Parental Controls on Windows

    Until August 2022, the most used computer operating system (OS) worldwide was Microsoft’s Windows. In a previous blog post, we talked about how to put parental controls specifically on a Dell laptop, including instructions for some of the older Windows’s OS. If you have any other device brand, you can read about how to put parental controls on your laptop or computer for Windows 10 and 11 in this post.


    On a Windows 10 PC 

    1. Sign in to your account on your computer. 
    2. Go to “windows settings” and select “Family”. 
    3. Click on “Add a Family Member”. 
    4. Create a new Microsoft account for your child. Enter your child’s email address or create a new one by following the instructions. 
    5. The child will be notified of your invitation by email. In order to continue, they have to accept your invitation. 
    6. In order to set up parental controls, click on “Manage Family Settings Online”. 
    7. The parental control settings are turned off by default. The features can be individually customized. 

    On a Windows 11 PC 

    1. Sign in to your account on your computer. 
    2. Open the Windows Settings. 
    3. Click on “Accounts”, and select “Family & other users”. 
    4. Click on “Add account” next to “Add a Family Member”. 
    5. A pop-up window will appear, click on “Create one for a child”. 
    6. Enter an email and password for the new account. 


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    How to Put Parental Controls on Mac

    MacBooks and iMacs run on macOS, in a previous blog post we talked about how to put parental controls on Macs. Since the latest update of macOS 13, there is also an update on the parental controls set up on Mac. 


    On a Mac (Big Sur and Newer) 

    Parental controls can be set up via Family Sharing or on your child’s account. 

    1. Go to “System Preferences” and click on “Screen Time”.  
    2. If you are using “Family Sharing”, choose the child who you want to add controls for. 
    3. Click on “Options” in the panel on the left and “Turn On” in the upper right corner. 
    4. Parental Control settings are now customizable. 


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    One of the lesser-used operating systems is Linux. Android is powered by the Linux operating system, but Linux on its own is not very popular among computer operating systems. Most Linux-based computers don’t come with pre-set-up features. Therefore, parental control software is not built-in on Linux. To put restrictions on your computer with Linux software, parental control apps can be used.  


    Chrome OS 

    Even though only 2% of the population is using a Chromebook with their Chrome OS, it still might be useful to know how to activate the parental controls. In one of our recent blog posts, there are extensive instructions on how to install parental controls and how to put restrictions on Chromebook. 


    Parental Controls Apps 

    When you want a broader variety of parental controls or more adjustable features, Safes might be a good option to consider. Safes has two different interfaces: a parent and a kid interface. Safes is available as an app for iOS and Android, in the parent version. As a parent, it is possible to use the web panel for your computer. The kids’ version is available for iOS, Android, Windows, or macOS. 

    With Safes, it is possible to: 

    • Receive a detailed activity report: parents get informed about their children’s device and internet usage patterns and the content they consume.  
    • Filter website content: this feature blocks out inappropriate websites. Parents can select specific content categories. 
    • Receive AI notices: The AI designed within the app can predict a child’s dangerous online behavior. The AI can, among others, send an alert to parents about what their kid has searched and the apps they install or use.  

    If you are interested to use parental controls, please feel free to download the free Safes app and start a free trial.



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    Download Safes Kids for Chrombook

    1. Install the Safes Kids app on your Chromebook from Google Play. 
    2. Pair Safes Kids with parent app. Follow the instructions in the app to pair your child’s device with your parent device.  
    3. Add the Safe Kids Chrome extension. Open Chrome and go to the Chrome Web Store. 
    4. Navigate to the Manage extensions page. Click the three dots in the top right corner of Chrome and select “Extensions”>”Manage Extensions”>”Details”
    5. Turn on “Allow in incognito mode” This will allow the Safe Kids extension to work in incognito mode, which is important if your child uses incognito mode to try to bypass the parental controls.
    6. Select Safes extension and follow on-screen instruction

    Download Safes Kids for Android

    Download the Android Kid’s app directly to get the full features!

    Download Safes Kids App on Play Store

    Download Safes Kids App on

    Safe Kids is available on the Google Play Store, but if you download it directly from our website, you will get access to Call and SMS monitoring feature, You can monitor the phone calls of your child’s device, as well as the contacts and messages they have sent and received, including those containing inappropriate content.