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How to turn parental control on and off


Parental control is turned on as standard when you install McAfee Security for O2 Home Broadband. It comes set up so everyone is denied access to inappropriate websites and images – like those containing adult material – unless they're logged into your computer as an 'Administrator'.

 

You put each user of your computer into a group. The groups range from 'Young Child' to 'Adult'. You can then set different levels of control for each group, so the adults of the family can have a different level of control to the kids. To find out how to do this, see the 'Related Links' at the bottom of the page.

 

This article shows you how to turn the different parts of parental control on and off.  It'll also show you how to set different levels of control for different groups of users.

 

Opening the Parental Controls

 

  1. First, go to the 'Start' menu on your computer. Choose 'All Programs' -> 'McAfee' and click on 'McAfee SecurityCenter'.
  2. It might take a few seconds, but you'll see the McAfee Security Center open. Click 'Parental Controls' in the middle of the window. It's next to a picture of a bunch of keys.
  3. The right side of the window should change. Click the 'Configure' button which appears on the right hand side of the page.
  4. On the next screen, click the 'Advanced' button.
  5. Now you'll see a window with two panes. On the left is a list of parental controls. You can change the settings for each parental control by clicking it.

 

Here's how to set up each parental control:

 

Keywords and Keyword Scanning

 

  • McAfee Security for O2 Home Broadband has a list of keywords built in. They're all sensitive words – the kind that might appear on adult websites, for instance. When keyword scanning is switched on, it checks each website you visit against that list of words.
  • The software can block websites that contain words on the list. It won't block them all for everyone – it depends on which user group the person using the computer belongs to.
  • Please note that there are two different options that control keyword scanning. The 'Keywords' option lets you make changes to the list of words. The 'Keyword Scanning' option lets you turn scanning on or off.

 

Changing the word list

 

You can search for words in the list to see how they’re rated, or add your own.

 

  1. Click 'Keywords' in the 'Global Parental Controls' list.
  2. Then enter a word into the 'Look for' box. If the word is already in the list, a slider will appear beneath the 'Look for' box indicating the minimum age for websites containing that word.
  3. If the word isn’t in the list, the slider will be set to 'Young Child.' If you want to add the word to the list, just click and drag the slider bar to the appropriate level.
  4. The keyword will appear in the 'Word List' to the right of the slider.

 

Keyword scanning

 

  • Use the 'Keyword Scanning' option to turn keyword scanning on or off.
  • To do this, click on 'Keyword Scanning' in the list of 'Global Parental Controls.'
  • You can then choose 'On' or 'Off' on the right hand side of the window.

 

Allowing websites

 

This lets you create a list of websites that everyone who uses your computer is allowed to access.



It's really useful because it overrides the other parental controls. So if keyword scanning is blocking a site, you can unblock it by entering the address into the list of allowed websites.

 

  1. To add a website to the list, click 'Allowed Web Sites' in the 'Global Parental Controls' list.
  2. The right hand side of the window will change to show the list of allowed websites. Unless you’ve already added some, it'll be empty.
  3. Enter the address of the website you want to allow into the address box. It has 'http://' in front of it.
  4. Then press the 'Add' button to add it to the list.
  5. If you want to remove a site from the list, just click on the relevant entry in the list. Then click the 'Remove' button.

 

Blocking websites

 

This feature is designed to help you block access to specific websites. For instance, if your children were spending hours every day on a particular chat site, you could stop them visiting it.



It's not designed to block every inappropriate website out there. You couldn't possibly enter in all the addresses. The keyword and image scanning options are best for doing this.



Websites that you add to the 'Blocked Web Sites' list will become inaccessible to everyone who uses the Internet from this computer, unless they're part of the 'Adult' group, or as an administrator.

 

  1. To add a website to the list, click 'Blocked Web Sites' in the 'Global Parental Controls' list.
  2. The right side of the window will change to show the list of blocked websites. Unless you've already added some, it'll be empty.
  3. Enter the address of the website you want to block into the address box. It has 'http://' in front of it.
  4. Then press the 'Add' button to add it to the list.
  5. If you want to remove a site from the list, just click on the relevant entry in the list. Then click the 'Remove' button.

 

Image analysis

 

McAfee Security for O2 Home Broadband can scan websites for inappropriate images and block them.

 

  • To choose whether to use this feature, click on 'Image Analysis' in the 'Global Parental Controls' list.
  • On the right of the window there are buttons to switch image analysis on or off. If you choose 'On', you can either block inappropriate images for 'All Users', or just for 'Teenagers and Children'.


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