How Windows Vista can help you protect your kids online

Since when did the average preschooler know how to operate a mouse? Since now.

Kids are going online earlier and earlier. It’s never too soon for you to start protecting them online.

Windows Vista (available January 30, 2007) makes it easy to monitor and manage your kids’ computer use.

You know as well as I do that the first step is talking to your kids about what they can and can’t do online. But sometimes that’s not enough. Without safety settings, it’s easy for a child to accidentally stumble on an inappropriate Web site. And their idea about what’s appropriate may be very different than yours. Zoo Tycoon or Halo 3? You decide.

Windows Vista Family Safety Settings help you protect your children from overly mature or inappropriate content by letting you choose which games they play. And you can protect them from making contact with predators by restricting the Web sites they visit. You can also get detailed reports about how much time your kids have spent online and exactly what they did there.  

 Family security settings screen

For more information on these and other security setting in the newest operating system from Microsoft, see Windows Vista: What makes it the most secure version of Windows yet.

Windows Vista will be broadly available as a stand-alone product or pre-installed on new computers on January 30, 2007. It will also be made available to some business customers later in the month of November 2006.

But you don’t have to wait until Windows Vista is broadly available to start protecting your children online. Try the Windows Live OneCare Family Safety Beta or read the guidance in the Protect Your Family section of our Web site.

About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »