I want to limit the PC usage for my kids. Until now, I implemented my own solution, which was fine for very young children. I now want additional features that I don't want to implement myself.
This is for age 6 to 10, so I'd say whitelisting is still a doable approach.
Things I need:
- global setting for logon times, e.g. 8:00 through 20:00
- overriden logon settings, e.g. 8:00 through 21:00 on Friday and Saturday
- global setting for continuous time using the PC, e.g. max. 0:45 of continuous usage.
- overriden version of that, e.g. 1:15 on Saturdays and Sundays
- global setting for allowance per day, e.g. max. 1:00 hour per day, no matter how often the PC was turned on or off
- overriden version of that, e.g. 1:30 on Saturday
- global settings for allowance per week, e.g. 4:00 hours. If they use 1:00 per day on Monday through Thursday, they can't use the PC from Friday through Sunday.
- remote administration so that I can e.g. allow 0:15 hours, bypassing any of the forementioned limits, i.e. outside the defined logon time, outside the weekly limit etc.
- run only allowed programs
- really a must have: default whitelist for programs that Windows runs itself, e.g. Windows updates, Chkdsk, printer spooler and others. This is where some parental control software fails: it pops up a message that my kids don't understand, so they call me every 2 minutes to either whitelist or blacklist something. Sometimes, I was even unable to judge this myself.
- remote administration for overriding the application limit for some time, e.g. allow any program to be run within the next 15 minutes
- Limit the use of applications (mainly games I guess) e.g. from the 4:00 hours per week, only 1:00 hour may be used on Minecraft
Minecraft is a Java application. Many other things run on Java as well. The tool needs to be able to distinguish different Java applications. It cannot simply block
Javaw.exe based on its usage.
- whitelist of websites
- default whitelists to choose from, e.g. age-specific
- Windows 10 compatible, 64 Bit
- Network administration: Children have their own PCs, which I do not want to turn on for changing settings.
- Works fine with parallel use of PiHole. If you can't answer that, it's ok. I'll try.
- cost: 100 € per family (1 master, 3 clients)
- Region: Germany. At least the clients need to have German translation for text that tells the child what is out of limits.
I have tried:
- I have seen the question and answer metioning WhatPulse. That sounds like a great companion tool for statistics, but does not seem to offer enough parental control.
- this highly upvoted question, but it's from 2014 and asks for a resource friendly version. Compute power shall not be an issue for me, and I need to run it on Windows 10.
- this question about blocking Internet, but it has no valid answer.
- other questions that mention parental control on this site