How can I configure parental controls on my Synology NAS for family gaming?

Configuring Parental Controls on Your Synology NAS for Family Gaming

To configure parental controls on your Synology NAS for family gaming, you can follow the steps below:

Step 1: Install and Set Up the Parental Control Package

  1. Open the Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) web interface.
  2. Navigate to the Package Center and search for "Parental Control."
  3. Click on "Install" to install the Parental Control package on your NAS.
  4. Once installed, open the package and follow the on-screen instructions to set up the parental controls.

Step 2: Create User Profiles

  1. Access the Parental Control package and click on "User Profiles."
  2. Create individual user profiles for each family member who will be using the NAS for gaming.
  3. Assign appropriate permissions and restrictions to each user profile based on their age and gaming preferences.

Step 3: Configure Time Limits

  1. In the Parental Control package, go to "Time Controls."
  2. Set specific time limits for gaming sessions for each user profile.
  3. You can specify a daily or weekly time allowance, and also define specific time intervals during which gaming is allowed.

Step 4: Block or Whitelist Websites

  1. Within the Parental Control package, go to "Web Filters."
  2. You can choose to either block specific gaming-related websites or create a whitelist of approved websites.
  3. Specify the desired websites or categories to block or allow access to.

Step 5: Monitor and Manage Activity

  1. Regularly check the activity logs and reports in the Parental Control package to monitor usage and ensure the controls are being adhered to.
  2. Make adjustments to the settings if necessary, based on the feedback and behavior of the family members.

By following these steps, you can effectively configure parental controls on your Synology NAS for family gaming, promoting a safe and controlled gaming environment for everyone in the household.

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