Limit amount of time on PC?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by Calab, May 31, 2009.

  1. Calab

    Calab Guest

    Is there a way to limit how much time a user can be using the computer each
    day? I've got the parental controls set up to limit when, but I'd also like
    to limit how much of that time they can use.

    If not, are there any free, simple programs out there? Everything I find is
    much more than I need - controlling what the user does, managing the time
    the users can use the PC, etc.

    Calab, May 31, 2009
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    Leroy Guest

    Leroy, May 31, 2009
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  3. Calab

    +Bob+ Guest

    Not to appear a smarta$$, but the solution is simply to tell them how
    much time they have and then lightly supervise and highlight when

    Teaching them to commit and be responsible will do far more to enhance
    their ability to succeed in life than shutting them off automatically.
    +Bob+, May 31, 2009
  4. Calab

    H Brown Guest

    Very good point Bob and has a lot of merit to promote responsibility.

    H Brown
    H Brown, Jun 1, 2009
  5. Calab

    ray Guest

    That should be adequate for home use. For the 12 machines I admin at the
    public library, that would involve a lot of supervisory time. I simply add
    'timeoutd' to the Linux machines and it's done.
    ray, Jun 1, 2009
  6. Calab

    +Bob+ Guest

    Agreed. It's not your job to teach responsibility at the PL. The OP
    sounded like a home user.
    +Bob+, Jun 1, 2009
  7. Calab

    Camper Guest

    I would have thought that if the Op was looking at parenting advise he might
    have gone to a more appropriate newsgroup!

    Camper, Jun 1, 2009
  8. Sometime the obvious has to hit them in the face. By reading the various
    news channels it is all too apparent that many people lack basic parenting
    skills and have to be told what to do. Others are lazy and need a boot in
    the backside to make them see the light.

    Now, if the person had written that they have tried everything but the child
    is out of control - that is another matter.

    I don't condemn someone for pointing out the obvious as a first step.
    Richard Urban, Jun 1, 2009
  9. Calab,

    Place the computer in a very public area in your home such as the living
    room or the kitchen.
    Richard Urban, Jun 1, 2009
  10. That wasn't very well thought out.

    Your solution would either require that the parent always be at home
    to monitor the situation - or that the computer be password protected
    so it could only be used when the parent enabled it.

    Stick to giving computing advice, and leave the dispensing of
    parenting advice to people with more expertise.
    Travis Bickle, Jun 1, 2009
  11. Gee. My grand children 5 and 9 jump off the chair if they get to a web site
    other than what they are allowed to go to.

    And the way my son accomplished it was by being there when the children used
    the computer.

    It *IS* all about parenting!
    Richard Urban, Jun 1, 2009
  12. Calab

    Dave Guest

    That's the whole point.
    Dave, Jun 1, 2009
  13. Calab

    +Bob+ Guest

    Travis: If the children are young enough to require monitoring, then a
    parent or guardian should be home and paying at least moderate
    attention to what they are doing. If they are older, then it's
    definitely time to teach them responsibility (it might even be too
    late - you need to start young).

    If we have more children taught about responsibility, integrity, etc
    at a young age, we might not have so many incapable and nearly
    intolerable adults.
    I suggest you examine your own advice!
    +Bob+, Jun 3, 2009
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