Software for Parents

If you’ve got a toddler who likes playing with your keyboard, mouse or computer power button, then here’s a nifty little piece of software you might want to try.

Toddler Keys is “a useful tool for parents that allows you to lock your computer keyboard, CD drive doors and power-off button.”

With this software activated, you can safely leave your PC on and unattended without fear of apps or docs being opened or closed, or even coming back to find the PC off via the power button.

As you can see in the screenshot above, there are a number of options you have to prevent your toddler (or cat!) from unwanted PC usage. To ‘unlock’ the PC, simply type “quit” – or set something else in the settings,

As an added entertainment bonus, you can set up a bunch of pictures to display and/or sounds to play when keys are pressed. I’ve used it a bit in the last couple of weeks and it suits my needs – especially since it can disable the power button which Matt has found a couple of times already…

It’s Windows only and is a small 480KB download from this website.

There are a couple of known limitations – the power button lock is XP only, it can’t lock the reset button, it can’t prevent an instant reset via a 4 second hold of the power button, and it doesn’t stop a ctrl-alt-del sequence. Those aside, it works a treat – until Matt learns to read and type the unlock code displayed on screen…


About Chris
A self confessed geek, meteorologist (aka weather forecaster), father & proud kiwi mainlander living, working & playing in Wellington, New Zealand.

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