How to Stop Kids From Downloading Games

By Todd Bowerman

Preventing children from downloading games does more than just keep them on task, it prevents the accidental installation of harmful software on your computer, keeps you in the loop as to what games they have access to, and helps to keep a shared computer free of space-hogging software. You can stop children from downloading games (and anything else) using the built-in Windows/OS X Parental Controls.

Windows

Step 1

Create a user account for your child. To do this, open the Control Panel by clicking the Start menu and selecting "Control Panel." Double-click "User Accounts," click "Manage another account," and hit "Create a new account." Name the account and mark it as a Standard user.

Step 2

Return to the Control Panel and double-click "Parental Controls."

Step 3

Click the user account you created for your child and set Parental Controls to "On."

Step 4

Click "Web Restrictions" and check the "Block File Downloads" box. Your child will now be unable to download anything without your permission, including games.

OS X

Step 1

Create a new user account for your child by clicking the "Apple" icon, selecting "System Preferences," and clicking "Accounts." Click the "+" button to add an account and select "Manage with Parental Controls" from the "-" drop-down menu.

Step 2

Click the "Content" tab.

Step 3

Click "Allow Access to only these Websites."

Step 4

Add websites that your child is permitted to visit in relation to school or other computer work. This will prevent them from being able to download from video game websites or torrent sites.

Tips & Warnings

  • Parental Controls are only effective if the child does not have access to the parent's administrator account. Set a strong password and do not share it with your children.