How to set up parental controls on Windows 11

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Windows already allows you to create and use different types of accounts on your PC. But if you're creating an account for your child, you want to make sure they have the safest processing experience possible. This is where setting up parental controls on Windows 11 can help.

Parental Controls help you limit a child's time and spending in front of the screen and protect them from inappropriate content while browsing the web. In this article, we've put together some of the best parental control settings you should know about on Windows 11. So, let's get started.



HOW TO SET UP PARENTAL CONTROL ON WINDOWS 11

First, let's start with how to set up parental controls for a child on PC. To do this, you need to be signed in with a Microsoft account on your PC. From there, here's how to set up your child's account on Windows 11.

  • Press the button Windows + I to launch the Settings app and use the left pane to access the Accounts tab. So, go on Family and other users.
  • Click Add Account next to "Add a family member".
  • If your child already has a Microsoft account, you can use it. Or, click "Create one for a child" and follow the onscreen instructions to create a new account.

Once you have created an account for your child, it will be linked to your Microsoft account. From there, you are ready to handle it. Here are some of the best parental control settings you can use on Windows 11.

LIMIT THE SCREEN TIME

The Screen Time feature setting allows you to control how much time your child can spend on the computer and at what times of the day. Here's how to set it up.



  • Open the Settings app, go to the Accounts tab and go to Family and other users.
  • Now click on "Manage family settings online or remove an account". A browser tab will open in which you will be directed to the section Microsoft Family Safety.

Alternatively, you can also log into your Microsoft account directly and access Family Safety settings.

  • Switch to the Screen Time tab on your left. Then, turn on the “Use a schedule on all devices” option in Devices.
  • Under Device Limits, choose a day on which you want to configure the display time.
  • Now, use the slider to define how many hours they can spend using the computer on that particular day. Additionally, you can also set up a schedule to specify the period during which they can use it.
  • Finally, click Done.

RESTRICT USE OF APPS AND GAMES

In addition to defining the usage time, you can further control which apps and games your child can access during the usage time. That's how.

  • Open the Family Safety settings online and log into your child's account.
  • go to the Screen Time tab on your left. Now go to the Apps & Games tab and turn on the App & Game Limits option.
  • select an app or game from the list and click the Set a limit button. Alternatively, you can also click the Block App button to revoke access to a particular app or game.
  • now set a time limit for the app or game and define a schedule during which your child can use it. Finally, click Done.

CONTENT FILTERS

Whether your child is playing games or browsing the Internet, it is important to filter out inappropriate content. The content filter setting allows you to set an age limit so that Windows 11 can keep your child away from that content. That's how.



  • Open the Family Safety settings online and log into your child's account.
  • switch to the Content Filters tab and scroll down to Filter Settings. Here, turn on the “Filter inappropriate websites and searches” switch.

You can also enable “Use only allowed websites” to restrict your child's access to allowed websites.


Like websites, you should also consider setting age limits for your child to filter out inappropriate apps, games, and media. To do this, go to the Apps & Games tab and use the drop-down menu to set an age limit.

CONTROL OF EXPENDITURE

With Parental Control, you can set up funds or add a credit card for your child to give them the freedom to shop independently and at the same time set some restrictions to prevent them from making outrageous purchases.


On the Expense tab, you can set up approvals for any purchase and enable pending notifications to keep you informed of any purchase.

Once enabled, you can approve or deny any expense request as you see fit.

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