Windows 10 has several built-in tools that are useful to help your children stay safe when using a PC or laptop.
In the world of modern technology, it might be difficult to track what you do online. A laptop or PC may be a requirement for homework or playing games with friends, but those functions often require an internet connection.
That means they are never more than a few clicks away from something inappropriate, or even dangerous. Fortunately, Microsoft has some default parental controls for Windows 10 that allow you to control screen time, filter inappropriate content or block certain sites.
Here’s how to use it to maintain the safety of your children. If you are looking for Microsoft that recently introduced the Family Safety application, you can go directly to that section.
How do I set parental controls in Windows 10?
To access various content filters offered by Windows 10, you must first set up a child account for your child. To do this, go to Settings> Account and select the Family & others tab.
Here you will see an option to add family members. Select this and then click the Add child option, enter an email for them (you can create Microsoft here), provide a telephone number for security purposes, then follow the remaining instructions to complete the account.
With this done you can now click on Manage family settings online or open the browser head to the Microsoft website where you will see your child’s or registered children’s accounts. Under each account there are several options: Activity, screen time, application limits, and other options.
Activities are places where you enable reporting that keeps you up to date on how much time your child spends online, which sites they visit and the applications they use.
Screen time, as the name suggests, allows you to set the time at which your child can use their device. This is done through a grid, showing every hour every day and you simply click the one you want available to them. This setting also has an option to cover Xbox One (as do all family settings), so you can make sure your children don’t switch to their consoles after the daily allowance has been used.
Apps limits appear to be only previewed at the time of writing, but once activated it will give parents the option of setting a time limit on certain applications. Currently, this only supports those installed from the Microsoft Store, and even then there are exceptions like Skype, Spotify, and WhatsApp.
Content Restrictions are the standard filter that you expect to be seen in parental control applications. With this, you can determine, based on age, type of material that your child can access. The drop-down menu allows you to set an upper age limit, and once this is done, your child will not be able to see anything rated above that parameter.
Next, there are expenses. Here you can add to your child’s Microsoft account with money which can then be used to buy goods online. This can be in-game purchases or whatever they choose. Some settings give you the option to request any transaction to be authorized by you or only to receive e-mail after the money has been spent.
Finally, there is the Find your child feature. This is a rather limited location tracker because it requires an Android phone to run the latest version of Microsoft Launcher. If you meet these requirements, you will be able to see where your child is at any time. In all honesty, while this is a good addition, I would be better off using the Find my device on Android or a special tracker like Glympse or Life360.
Microsoft Family Security Apps
All of these features and many more will come to Microsoft’s new Family Safety application, which is now available for Android and iOS.
All core functionality will be available free of charge, although two exclusive features will be provided to Microsoft 365 customers. Driving Safety will provide insight and tips on how young adults (or whoever) is driving, while location alerts will notify you every time your child goes or arrived at the specified location (such as home or school)
The good thing about having a mobile application is that you can monitor your children’s time online from anywhere. It also works on Windows, Android and Xbox, to give you a comprehensive picture of their screen time.
There are many full-featured alternatives, which you can find in our best set of parental control software.
Read more information here.
How do I set parental controls in Windows 8?
When Microsoft introduced the family settings feature in Windows 8, I would find the steps above to be quite identical when it came to running and running it.
Are there parental controls in Windows 7?
There are no family settings options in Windows 7, such as those introduced in Windows 8, so it is much more difficult to implement the types of features listed above without going to the parental control software package.
One thing to consider is that Windows 7 support ends on January 14, 2020, after which Microsoft will no longer issue security updates. This will open up PCs running old operating systems to potential risks from hackers and viruses, which can be a much bigger problem. With this in mind, we strongly recommend upgrading to Windows 10 immediately, or maybe looking at a new PC if the budget allows.