How to Set Parental Controls on Windows

Starting HomeGuard Parental Monitoring Tools

Setting up HomeGuard Parental Controls on Windows is a straightforward 3 steps process. You only choose an installation folder, an admin password and choose whether you want to create shortcuts to HomeGuard Viewer on the admin Windows account.
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HomeGuard installation. (Click to enlarge)
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HomeGuard offers many essential monitoring and blocking options to make sure kids enjoy their time online safely and keep their gaming and social media time in check. You can use HomeGuard to:
  • Limit web browsing and screen time
  • Block porn websites and filter mature and adult content.
  • Monitor and filter Youtube and other video streaming platforms.
  • Set time restrictions on games and applications via a schedule or number of hours a game or group of games can be played on every day of the week.
  • Record screensnaps of kids activity.
  • Monitor social media posts and everything typed on the computer.
  • Keep track of printed files.
  • View reports of Internet and application usage.
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Blocking Pornography and Sexual Content

HomeGuard porn blocker removes porn, nudity and explicit content from web pages using a list of predefined editable keyword list. Default setting for this feature is enabled, if you want to only monitor kids web activity and prefer not to block anything you can disable content filtering by opening "Monitoring Settings", going to the "Keywords" section under "Internet" and unchecking the "Block when a keyword is found" box.
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HomeGuard Content Blocker
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Enable/disable HomeGuard content filter. (Click to enlarge)
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Safe Search in Google and Youtube

As a second layer of protection, Google and Bing's Safe Search setting is enabled and locked by HomeGuard effectively limiting access to porn and sexual images at the source and preventing kids from coming across adult content by chance. Also Youtube age restriction setting is enabled and locked. To change Safe Search enforcement setting, go to "Monitoring Settings" >> "Web Search".
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Enforce Google Safe Search
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Change the Safe Search locking option. (Click to enlarge)
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Limiting Gaming Time

Any program or game can be blocked or time restricted by HomeGuard. To add time limits for a specific game or shared time limits for all games: open "Monitoring Settings" >> "Programs". HomeGuard lists all installed games and applications for you to choose which applications to block or time limit and you can also add any exe file that's not listed (e.g.: portable applications).
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HomeGuard application Blocker
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HomeGuard application Blocker
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Games time limitations. (Click to enlarge)
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Social Media Activity

Keeping an eye on children's social media posts and messages is essential for keeping them safe from bullying and online predators. Activity on social networks is collected by HomeGuard Keylogger (which also captures typed passwords and login names) and HomeGuard Screen Recorder. HomeGuard keylogger can be turned off in the "Keystrokes" section in "Monitoring Settings".