Parental Controls

How to find this tool:

Tools > Parental Controls

Available only in select versions of Trend Micro security software.

The Parental Controls let you specify how people use the Internet from this computer. You can prevent specific categories of websites from opening and limit Internet access to only certain times. You can also set up rules that apply only to a specific person who logs into this computer.
 

Getting Started

The first time you try to use the Parental Controls, you will be asked if you have set any separate Microsoft Windows User Accounts on the computer. By setting up separate accounts for your children, you can configure different rules for them by linking each Windows User Accounts to the Parental Controls. Otherwise, the same rules will apply to everyone using the computer.

Whether or not you have set up separate user accounts, the Parental Controls will then walk you through the process of setting up the rules for this protection.
 

Website Filter

The Parental Controls let you filter different categories of websites based on three age groups: 3-7 (Child), 8-12 (Pre-teen), and 13-17 (Teen). The list below shows which specific categories are blocked by default for each age group.
 

Age Group Categories Blocked
Ages 3-7 (Child)
All categories are blocked by default for young children.
Ages 8-12 (Pre-teen)

Adult or Sexual

  • Erotic / Mature
  • Gay / Lesbian
  • Intimate Apparel / Swimsuit
  • Nudity
  • Pornography
  • Sex Education

Controversial

  • Abortion
  • Criminal / Questionable
  • Cult / Occult
  • Illegal Drugs
  • Violence / Hate / Racism
  • Weapons / Military

Communications or Media

  • Hacking / Proxy Avoidance
  • Personals / Dating
  • Social Networking

Shopping and Entertainment

  • Alcohol / Tobacco
  • Auctions
  • Gambling
Ages 13-17 (Teen)

Adult or Sexual

  • Erotic / Mature
  • Nudity
  • Pornography

Controversial

  • Criminal / Questionable
  • Illegal Drugs
  • Violence / Hate / Racism

Communications or Media

  • Hacking / Proxy Avoidance

Shopping and Entertainment

  • Alcohol / Tobacco
  • Gambling
You can add or remove categories for any age group just by clicking the checkboxes next to any category on the list.

Selecting Custom from the dropdown list allows you to pick and choose all of the categories that you would like to block.

If you have set up separate Microsoft Windows User Accounts on the computer, one tab will appear for each account. Make sure to complete this step for each child.

Time Limits 

The Parental Controls also let you determine when your children can access the Web. You can set separate schedules for weekdays and weekends by clicking hours on each meter, or set a detailed daily schedule for your kids. In addition, you have the option to limit your children's total time allowed on the Web.

A highlighted area indicates that access is blocked during that time. Unmarked areas show when access will be allowed. Clicking any part of the meter will toggle the highlighting on or off. You can also click and drag the mouse cursor along the meter to make changes more quickly.
 

If you have set up separate Microsoft Windows User Accounts on the computer, one tab will appear for each account. Make sure to complete this step for each child.

After Setting Up the Parental Controls

You can make changes to the settings that you selected at any time by clicking Tools on the main console and then selecting Parental Controls.

If you decide to set up Microsoft Windows User Accounts later, you can also integrate them into the Parental Controls by clicking Manage Accounts in the Parental Controls window.

You can also check on what the Parental Controls have blocked by checking the Reports from time to time.
 

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