Need help with parental controls....

I am looking for a software that I can install on my children's laptops (ages 9, 10 & 10) that will allow me to remotely shut them down, explore their history, and limit their times without having to go to each computer to do so. It seems that I am constantly having to change what they can go to in the course of their school work, and when they are just playing on them.

Is there a program that will allow me to do this if we are all on the same net work?

thank you for your time.

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Parental controls

Hi MN2Hughes,

If you have Windows Vista or Windows 7, you will be able to control the log off and log in to windows time by using Parental Controls and Windows Live Family Safety. However, you will not be able to shut the computers down remotely.
There are some 3rd party softwares available for this feature.
You can use Parental Controls to set limits on the hours that children can use the computer, the types of games they can play, and the programs they can run. You can install Windows Live Family Safety which will let you edit the settings for the children's user accounts on a computer.

Here is the link to Use Parental Controls in Windows 7 .

For remote access to parental controls, there are various softwares such as BitDefender, EzOff, Verity Child Monitoring Software etc. which have different features. You can look these up and try any of them after going through the features.

Hope this helps.
Please reply if you have any further questions.

Thanks and Regards,
Manpreet C

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Some like K9 parental controls.

But without going into any soapbox discussion, why not put the computers in a public area. In their rooms means they are out of sight and who knows where.
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I am using Qustodio

I suggest you try Qustodio. You can download it from Its free and yet does everything a paid program would do. I've myself been using it for about 4 months now and am very happy. It automatically blocks sites in real time, tracks data and history, the activity summary is updated every hour, and the family dashboard lets you know whether your child is currently logged-in to the device or not. It will do all of it anonymously and also work on the same network. Its definitely worth a try.

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