You need parental control software to protect your kids from the many types of problems that uncontrolled Internet access can create. Windows 11/10 includes a fine Parental Control software but if you are looking for free third party software, there are many such freeware available in the market.
Free Parental Control software for Windows 11/10 PC
Parental controls can be very helpful in regulating the online activities of the young ones. Usually, parents do not know what their children are exposed to online while the internet keeps influencing their children. So, be a responsible parent and use parental controls on your system. Here is the list of the best free parental control software for Windows 11/10 PC:
- Microsoft Family Safety
- Zoodles kid-friendly web-browser
- OpenDNS Family Shield
1] Microsoft Family Safety
Microsoft Family Safety is a free parental control and monitoring service developed by Microsoft and we have already seen how to setup Microsoft Family Safety in Windows 10. While third-party parental control software products are good, you don’t really need them. Microsoft has an inbuilt parental control feature that allows you to block websites, ban keywords, and limit the internet usage time for your children. To access this feature, you can set up a Family account on your system and add a child to the settings.
Read: Download and Use Microsoft Family Safety app for Windows PC.
Qustodio is one of the best free third-party parental control software products. It is pretty extensive and specifically designed for parental control, unlike most rival software products which are general security software with parental controls as a part of the package, Qustodio is a specialized product which allows you to restrict the network usage of a system, put restrictions on websites, and limit your child’s time on the internet. Check more of the software on its website here on qustodio.com.
Kidlogger is an excellent software to protect your children from online predators. The software monitors all activities of your children on a system, right from the second Windows loads to the time the kid shuts it down. Kidlogger also takes a screenshot of the page whenever the webcam is turned ON, so you know who your child is talking to. It also records Skype calls and creates logs of every key pressed. The software captures the screen whenever the child enters a predefined keyword. To download the free version you need to register on its website here.
Zoodles has an amazing tagline “designed by parents, made for kids.” This software targets younger kids who do not intend to approach objectionable content, but may be exposed to it. The software kind of creates a ‘kids mode’ in the system which allows them access to selected games, videos, and books while locking most other content on the system. It also sends you reports of your child’s activities on the system. Learn more about the free version of the software on its website here.
FoxFilter is simply a Firefox add-on which blocks adult content. It is the simplest of software products in the list, yet a powerful one. The extension can also be used to block certain keywords. The software won’t allow your child to use those keywords at all. FoxFilter comes with password protection, so you can easily disable the filter when you need to use it. Feel free to use this extension from here.
Spyrix is an easy-to-use free parental control software. The free version of the software is good for logging keystrokes, capturing screenshots, monitoring the clipboard, and remote uninstallation. So, if you wish to spy on your child’s activities remotely and stop him/her right at the moment, this software is meant for you. Download Skyrix from its website here.
7] OpenDNS Family Shield
OpenDNS Family Shield is a ‘set and forget’ software/network which can work directly with your router. Just add the OpenDNS numbers to your router’s settings as explained in their setup guide and you are good to go. It should be noted that OpenDNS for routers isn’t a client software but a network. The parental control program will block adult websites on any device which picks up the network from the router. Check the product’s website for more information.
These were the top free parental control software, in our opinion. Please let us know what parental control software you are using.