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Children's Care - Step by Step Installation

Step 3 - Configuring Children's Care
   
 
   
 

The first time Children's Care is started the Welcome screen will appear.
You can start the one minute preview and see some of the reminders and the PC lock in action.
You can disable the Welcome panel to appear again by selecting Don't show Welcome screen any more.

 
 

Now, let's configure the settings for Limited/Standard User accounts Emily and Michael we created in Step 1. Click on the icon in your Windows Notification Area and select Configuration.

 
A list with all Administrator and Limited/Standard User Accounts will appear. Select the children accounts you want to configure, enter the password and press Verify password & continue.
By default the password used to access Children's Care configuration is 123.
First we will configure user Emily so we select it from the list.
 
 
Now we are ready to set time limits and other settings for user Emily.
In this tutorial we will enable the sound alerts before break and PC lock. This will warn Emily with a short melody that the computer will be locked for a short break (Sound alert 2 minutes before break) or the computer will be locked because the allowed time limit is reached(Sound alert 5 minutes before PC lock).
 
 
For Emily we will keep the reminders settings by default, but you can set whatever you want. Eventually the hydration reminder can be set to 30 minutes especially during the summer.
 
 
We will set 5 minutes break for every 30 minutes of computer operation. It is recommended to take a 10 minutes break for every 50-60 minutes of computer usage. Of course shorter breaks in shorter intervals is also an option and here it is:
 
 

Emily will have 1:20 hours computer time during the school days (Monday..Friday). She can use them in the interval between 14:00 - 16:00. This guarantees that Emily will be able to use the computer only during this interval and for no more that 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Please note that break time (in this case 5 minute breaks) is not counted as operation time thus 1:20 hours is an effective operating time during which Emily will have access to the computer.

 
 
For the weekends Emily will have 2 hours in the interval 13:00 - 16:00.
 
 
To prevent your children from any attempts to bypass the time limits and Children's Care password it is recommended to enable all 4 features in User restrictions field.
The default password 123 may be changed (see Change administrator password(your access to software's setup, lock PC, etc.) in the Password section. Please note that Children's Care administrator password is one common password for all accounts. We recommend you to change it and make sure the password is hard to guess by your children.


Finally you may disable "Unlock screen" option to appear during break/PC lock. This will prevent your children from attempts to guess the password.
Anyway Children's Care has a limit of wrong password retries. If the correct password is not entered after several retries Children's Care will block all password restricted features till next day.
 
To save the new settings for Emily click Apply changes & Close.
 
 
 
Now we have to configure the settings for Michael. Follow the same steps as for Emily.
 
 
We will use the same settings only the allowed time interval will be different.
During the school days Michael will have also 1:20 hours but in the time interval between 16:00 - 18:00 (Emily can use is from 14:00 till 16:00). This will guarantee Emily and Michael will have access to the computer at different time and will not argue who and when to use the computer.
 

For the weekends we will set Michael to use the computer also for up to 2:00 hours in the interval 16:00 - 19:00 (For the weekend Emily will have access between 13:00-16:00).

So we are done with Michael and both children accounts are configured for less than 2 minutes.

Now you can disable Children's Care to start automatically when you log in your Administrator account. The procedure is the same :
1. Click Children's Care icon located in Windows Notify Area
2. Select Configuration
3. Select the Administrator Account (in this tutorial A)
4. Enter the password (Note that during the Configuration of Emily's Account we changed it and it is not 123 anymore)
5. Uncheck Automatically start Children's Care at Windows start up
6. Click Apply changes & Close
Of course Children's Care is still available, in case you decide to adjust the settings later, temporary add additional time, etc.
Simply click Start button -> Program -> Nature Health -> Children's Care -> Children's Care

 

You can now log in the Limited/Standard User Accounts and make sure Children's Care is running and helping your children to have a healthy computer experience.

If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact us.