For real internet safety, it is very beneficial for your family. Here is how to set up parental controls for Windows 10.
Important: Windows parental controls provide incomplete protection. The most obvious gaps in protection are
When your child is signed into a Microsoft device, Microsoft Family parental controls give you several options for filtering inappropriate web content, applications, and media:
Windows 10 parental controls do have the advantage of applying across multiple devices. Users can't switch to their tablet after using up their screen time on the family PC – any device accessed through your child's account will be subject to the same limitations.
Windows 10 parental controls; Add a special 'family' user account to your device, indicate that they are a child under your supervision, and set up content and usage restrictions through Microsoft Family.
Always do this on a desktop.
You will only need access to your child's existing email account if they already have a Microsoft account of their own – they will receive an email asking to confirm they are family. Otherwise, you can send confirmation emails to an address generated specifically for the setup process.
Microsoft Family's parental control system requires Microsoft accounts for at least one parent and one child. This lets you set, control, and monitor your child's devices from any Internet-connected device by logging in with your Microsoft account.
This means that the limits you set on content and usage will apply to any Microsoft system, from your desktop to the family Xbox.
If you didn't create a Microsoft account while setting up your system. You can create a Microsoft account and make the switch without losing any files, applications, or settings. Go to Settings > Accounts and click on “Sign in with a Microsoft account instead”.
Set Windows Parental Controls with these steps:
You’ll need to add a “child account” to your own Windows Settings menu. Once set up, set limitations and content controls through your Microsoft account.
Lastly, open the child’s email account. If you're setting up their Microsoft account for the first time, you’ll find two confirmation requests from Microsoft waiting – to verify their email address and to accept parental supervision of their account.
If they have a Microsoft account, you should only see the second email.
Complete the email verification, then accept parental control by clicking the blue button in this email:
The Microsoft account is activated and you’re their responsible adult, set up and apply parental controls for the Windows 10 devices.
Head back to your Accounts menu under Settings. Under Family & Other People, your child’s account and a new option to Manage Family Settings Online.
Manage Family Settings Online & open the Microsoft Family parental control page
If your child’s account was set up successfully, your parental control page should look like this, with an entry for each child under your supervision:
To get you started, Look at the three control areas:
A. Web Browsing, B. Apps, Games, & Media C. Screen Time.
Windows will block search results and filter websites known to contain inappropriate content. However, there are a few weaknesses to web filter-based approaches, like the one Microsoft uses here to screen mature content. A website that hasn’t been added to the ‘adult content’ blacklist will be accessible, as will user-generated content (such as comments or social media posts) on otherwise ‘safe’ sites.
Microsoft's web filters work on Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge only. For this reason, Windows 10 parental control is not well-liked or rated by IT professionals.
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No child is allowed to use their Microsoft account to download adult games or movies. Windows 10 parental controls, you can fine-tune which content is available through the Windows and Xbox stores by specifying your child age.
Only material rated as appropriate for that age range will be available for download.
Finally, even appropriate computer use should be subject to healthy limits. Windows 10 parental controls allow you to set up daily time limits and bedtimes for school nights and weekends.
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