Sixty-four percent of teens say they do things online they don't want their parents to know about, according to the Attorney General's office. There are plenty of dangers on the Internet for children and teens. Your best safeguard as a parent is to minimize their risk--and prevent them from visiting web pages you consider to be potentially dangerous. Windows Vista has a parental control feature. Instead of blocking a web page in a particular browser's settings, which is relatively easy to overcome, you can block it from the computer.
Access your Start menu, and click on "Control Panel." Click on "User Accounts and Family Safety."
Click on "Parental Controls." Choose the user account you don't want to have access to the web page. If you only have one user account, consider creating a user account for your children--or whoever you don't want to have access to the web page.
Check the box next to "Parental Controls On." Click on "Windows Vista Web Filter." Choose your parental control setting. If you only want one or two websites blocked, consider choosing "Off."
If you want a general filter applied to potentially unwanted sites, choose "Medium" or "High."
Click on "Add a website to the block and allow list." Enter the full web address (including "HTTP"). Click "Block" to add it to the block list. Enter as many web pages as you would like; when you're finished, click "OK."
- If you are applying a general web filter, you can also add exceptions. To add an exception, follow the same process for blocking a web page, but choose "Allow" instead of "Block."