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How to set up McAfee Parental Controls


Affected Suites:
McAfee Total Protection
McAfee Internet Security
McAfee LiveSafe

Affected Products:
Parental Controls



McAfee Parental Controls features:

  • Age-appropriate website filtering: Ensure your child can view only age-appropriate websites and review or change the type of content available to your children.
  • Safe searching: Ensure that the safety filters of some popular search engines are turned on to automatically exclude potentially inappropriate items from your child's search results.
  • Filter list: Allow or block specific website addresses.
  • Online schedule: Limit the amount of time your child spends on the web.
  • Password protected settings: Protect the Parental Controls settings with a password, so that only you can make changes to the protection settings you assign to your children.

Setting up Parental Controls
To set up Parental Controls in McAfee Privacy Service, first ensure that each computer user has a separate Windows User Account. The user accounts in the Parental Controls panel correspond to the Windows users on your computer. If you add a user in the Windows User Account tool, you must close your McAfee Software, and then re-open it to assign protection settings to the new user accounts in Parental Controls. 

Before you can protect your children, you must create an administrator password. The administrator is responsible for choosing protection settings for each child in the household, and for creating a password. To create an administrator password, you must log in to Windows using an Administrator account. For more information on Administrator and Limited user accounts in Windows, see http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/user-accounts-faq#1TC=windows-8. Use the drop-down list to select your Windows operating system version.

Protection settings let you decide what your child can see and do on the web, and the password ensures that only you can make changes to those settings. To change a setting, you must first enter the administrator password.

After the Windows User Accounts have been created, you must set some basic information about each user. Begin by setting an Administrator Password:

  1. Open your McAfee Security product.
  2. Click Parental Controls, then click the Parental Controls link.
  3. In the Administrator Password section, click Set.
  4. Enter and confirm a password of your choice.
  5. In the Enter Password Hint fields, type a password hint, then click Next.
  6. In the confirmation dialog box, click OK.

Now you can set up protection for specific child user accounts:
  1. Click the Protect button next to the account you want to change.
  2. Select the age range for the specified user account. Your options are:
    • Under 5 years
    • 6 - 8 years
    • 9 - 12 years
    • 13 - 15 years
    • 16 - 18 years
    • Custom

      Each age range filter comes pre-configured to block and allow certain types of web traffic. Custom allows you to manually define what traffic you would like blocked. Click Done after making your choices.
  3. Click Optional Settings. By default, the option to Block websites that contain potentially inappropriate images or language from appearing in your user's search results is selected. This allows Parental Controls to enforce Safe Searching for your managed user accounts.
  4. Type specific URLs and select Allow or Block to add those URLs to your white and black lists.
  5. Click Online Schedule.

    As an Administrator, you can use the Online Schedule grid to specify when a user can access the Internet. The grid allows you to specify time limits in intervals of thirty minutes.
  6. Select I want to choose when my child can go online.

    • Green portions of the grid represent the days and times during which the user can access the Internet.
    • White portions of the grid represent the days and times during which access is denied.

    If a user tries to access the Internet during a prohibited period, McAfee notifies them that they cannot do so. Select the times and days you want to specifically allow your child to access the web.

Video Tutorial

You can watch a video about Parental Controls on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ykx_vWMKLOA.

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