If you’re a parent, guardian, or a caregiver for kids, parental controls can help you control the content that your kids see on the Internet or on their Xbox. You can use parental controls to help support your own house rules and you can even customize them to fit a child’s age or maturity level.
The Family Online Safety Institute recently released the Parents’ Views of Online Safety study (sponsored by Microsoft) that found just over half of all U.S. parents say they’ve used family safety software to limit or monitor their child’s Internet use.
Compare family safety tools from Microsoft.
What’s your experience with parental controls? Tell us about it in a comment below.
I used to use K9, but I've now switched to Microsoft's family safety. It seems about as effective as K9, with the added benefit of being able to monitor and make changes anywhere I have internet. It's not perfect, as I have learned from my 14 yr old's activity, but I don't expect any parental control to be perfect, especially if someone is really determined to find stuff they shouldn't.
Yes, i used the parental controls in Vista and Win7 when my kids were under 10 years old. Now that they are older, the controls seem a little heavy handed, but I do let the controls monitor the situation in case i ever want to go back and investigate something bad (heaven forbid).
I personally hate parental control software because it always gets overprotective and overblocks too much stuff. For example: K9 blocked Softpedia,Cnet,Google Images,Windows Forums, Windows Live, and disable search suggestions on YouTube. Never get too overprotective.