If your child is going to start using your home computer or you’re buying him his first computer, then you must get started with Microsoft family on Windows 10. It brings powerful parental controls that help monitor your child’s digital activities including the apps and websites they can use/visit and setting up time limits to prevent long-time computer usage.
Microsoft family works with your Microsoft accounts and comes with an “activity reporting” feature that sends you weekly reports on your child’s activities directly to your inbox. It looks superbly useful, right?
Alright then, let’s see how you can get started with Microsoft family and set up parental controls on Windows 10.
Microsoft family is a service that connects family members and provides kids with a safe environment while using Windows 10 and Xbox One devices as well as Android devices running Microsoft Launcher. Moreover, you can schedule events on your family calendar and set up group family chat on Skype.
Follow these steps to set up your Microsoft family:
You can add distinct user accounts for your family members in Windows 10, allowing you to provide them relevant permissions per requirements. Then after, you can connect them all to your account with the Microsoft family.
You can add an adult account to monitor activities, manage requests and family settings as well as change settings of the children’s accounts.
Here’s how you can do it:
You can create a child account that will work under the parental controls set by you using the features in Microsoft family. This account will help you keep your child safe and set a time limit for their computer activities. Moreover, you can monitor their online activities by signing up for a weekly report.
Note: Once your child logs in to his email account, he must accept the invitation to join your Microsoft family, else you will not be able to control his account.
Once you are done with adding accounts for your children, you can see them as a list under “Family & other people” in the Settings. Let’s see how can manage the parental controls on your Windows 10 PC:
You can check out the Activity tab (under Family section of your Microsoft account) to keep a track on your child’s activities including his apps and games uses, web searches, and more. The activity list is organized under headings to help you quickly browse them at your convenience.
Moreover, you can change the restrictions on apps and games or websites he/she uses/visits — click the “Change restrictions” on top-right of a section to change the set limits for the given activity.
What I find interesting is that you can also opt-in to get a weekly report directly to your inbox. Follow the below steps to get activity reports in your mailbox:
You can limit your child’s access to the computer from the “Screen time” tab. If your child tries to access it outside the time window you set, he/she will not be able to log into their account, thus denying them access to the computer.
Let’s see how you can configure your child’s on-screen time:
You can restrict websites, blacklist or whitelist websites, and limit the access to apps, games, and media as well. Moreover, you can turn on restrictions for online purchases through Microsoft Store and receive emails for them too.
Follow the below steps to enable content restrictions:
Microsoft family is one of the best parental control tools one can come across — especially if you are looking for a free solution. Though it works just with apps from Microsoft, it is worth a try if you are using a Windows 10 PC.
How was your experience setting up your Microsoft family? Which is the best feature in Microsoft family per your experience? Please leave a comment below and write to me directly at @aksinghnet on Twitter to share feedback.