How to Set Up Time Limits Under Parental Controls for Windows XP

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How to Set Up Time Limits Under Parental Controls for Windows XP
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Parental controls in Windows XP let you control how your child uses the computer and browses the Internet. With parental controls, you can restrict certain websites, control the amount of time your children are allowed on the computer and control the ratings of games your children are allowed to play. With time limits set, you can make sure your children adhere to a specific schedule for computer usage. This will ensure they aren't on the computer when they should be doing homework, completing chores or going to sleep.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Log into your computer as the administrator. Only the administrator can add or change parental controls.

  2. 2

    Click on "Start," then "Control Panel."

  3. 3

    Click on "User Accounts" then "Set up Parental Controls."

  4. 4

    Type in your password if you are prompted to do so. Depending on the settings for your computer, Windows XP may ask you to confirm your administrator password before setting up parental controls.

  5. 5

    Click on the account that will have time limits. Click "On" under the "Parental Controls" heading.

  6. 6

    Click on "Time limits." Notice the time grid that comes up. In the grid, click on the times you'll allow your children to have access to the computer.

Tips and warnings

  • It is important for each child to have his or her own user account so you can fairly set the limits. You will have to set up their accounts before setting up time limits.

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