How to Set up Parental Controls on Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to set up parental controls on Windows 11 to restrict access to websites, limit screen time, and enable some security measures to protect children or other accounts.

Before you can set up parental controls, you and your child or children will all need to have Microsoft accounts. Microsoft account is required for setting up parental control. Your account will be a parent account, and the child or children account tied to yours. As parent, you can control and view reports related to your child or children online activities.

The parent account should also be an administrator on the device you want to restrict. Make sure you’re an administrator on Windows and your child or children account is a standard account. With standard accounts, they can not make changes or upgrade their account to administrator.

You can signup and create Microsoft accounts from the link below.

How to Sign up for a Microsoft account

To get started with setting up parental controls on Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to create a Microsoft account on Windows 11

As mentioned above, Microsoft accounts are required to set up parental control on Windows 11 ad other devices.

To learn how to create a Microsoft account, click on the link below.

How to create a Microsoft account online

Once you’re read and created Microsoft accounts above, one for you and the other for your child or children, continue below.

How to create a Windows child account

Now that you’ve created Microsoft accounts for you and your child, log onto Windows 11 computer and create your child account.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 settings button

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Accounts, select Family & other users on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 family other users

On the Family & other uses settings page, under Other users, click the Add account button highlighted below. Windows 11 will automatically opt to create a Microsoft online account for the new user.

windows 11 add users

Windows automatically tries to sign you up for a Microsoft online account. Microsoft account is an online email address and password that you use with Outlook.com, Hotmail, Office, OneDrive, Skype, Xbox, and Windows.

If you want to add a Microsoft account, then you can type in the user email address and click Next.

windows 11 child account create

Once you type the child email address, Windows should link the online account to the user profile. Click Finish to complete the setup.

windows 11 child account created

The child can now login with their Microsoft account.

While still login into your account, go back to the Windows Settings ==> Accounts ==> Family & other users ==> Manage family settings online or remove an account.

Click on the link which will take you to your Microsoft online account.

windows 11 manage family account

From there you can manage your child account including, screen time, browsing history, web filter and more.

Select an account from the dashboard you want to manage.

microsoft online account dashboard

Begin managing a child account from the dashboard.

Click Screen time to set screen time limits for your child. You can also Use one schedule on all devices toggle to set universal screen time limits.

Click Content filters to limit your child’s access to websites and apps.

windows 11 family dashboard online

You can set more options from the dashboard for each account.

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to set up parental control on Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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