Children today need more parental control especially now that digital content is more accessible to them than ever before. A lot of information is on the web. One click of your child can transfer him or her to an unwanted page or a page inappropriate for children. Good thing, Windows (8 and 10) is equipped with Microsoft Family Safety as a form of parental control over your child’s web use. Other than that, it also gives you control over whether or not your child can play games, download, or use chat. This is a very good feature to use and make the most of.
Before anything else, you as the admin need to put a password on the administrator account so only you can access and make changes within. The next thing to do is to add other users.
Before starting with the Family Safety parental controls in Windows 10, we need to make sure your computer is properly set up. If you’re sharing a single user account between your family, it’s time to change that and use one account each.
Click the Start button at the bottom of the screen and choose Settings. Select Accounts followed by ‘Family & other users’. You’ll see user accounts are split into two – as we’re adding younger family members, click the ‘Add a family member’ button to continue.
Next, set up an account for your child.
Select ‘Add a child’. Your child will need their own Microsoft account to continue – if it’s already been set up, type the email address used to log into it and click ‘Next’ followed by ‘Confirm’.
Once the new account has been set up (your child will need to log in for the first time to do so), they should check their email and confirm the invitation in order to allow you to apply family settings to their new account on this device.
Create another Microsoft account if there isn’t an existing one.
If your child doesn’t have a Microsoft account, click ‘The person who I want to add doesn’t have an email address’ to set up their account. When filling in their details, click ‘Get a new email address’ to give them an address with an @outlook.com domain (for example, [email protected]).
When you assign them a password, this needs to be something they can remember, as they’ll be using it to log into their own user account going forward.
Once done, provide your own mobile or alternate email address as an additional form of security.
Setup Family Safety settings.
You’ll see a list of all the children you’ve added to your device from the ‘Family & other users’ section – any marked as pending haven’t yet accepted your invitation, so aren’t protected by Family Safety settings. If you’re having a hard time persuading them to accept the invitation, click ‘Block’ to temporarily prevent them from logging into this PC without family settings in place.
To set up, or adjust, your children’s family settings, click the ‘Manage family settings online’ link to access the settings website from your browser.
You will definitely want to restrict web use.
To restrict web access, choose an account name, then click ‘Settings’ next to Web browsing. Flick the ‘Block inappropriate websites’ to ‘On’ to ensure adult content and InPrivate browsing sessions are blocked, while Bing SafeSearch is on.
Scroll down and you’ll find options for allowing specific websites, or alternatively blocking unwanted sites. Just type the relevant URLs into each box and click ‘Allow’ or ‘Block’ to add them to your child’s white or blacklists.
Limit your child’s use.
Select ‘Screen time’ to limit the time your child has access to this PC. Flick the ‘Set limits for when my child can use devices’ switch to ‘On’, then set the earliest and latest times they’re allowed to use the computer for each day of the week.
You can also set a daily limit within those times to restrict their access further.
Prevent the use of inappropriate apps for them.
Select ‘Apps & games’ and flick the ‘Block inappropriate apps and games’ switch to On. Scroll down and set a maximum age for your child, which allows them to only download and install apps and games in the Windows Store that have specifically been rated as suitable for their age.
View recent activities.
Perhaps one of the most useful parts of the Family Safety centre is on the child’s main screen. Two switches – enabled by default – let you view your child’s activity through this screen and receive weekly email reports of their usage, app installs and browsing habits.
Family safety and security in Windows can make a big difference. So is data security. If you have issues with data storage or data loss, laptop data recovery can be a great help.