Windows 10 may have brought a lot of new security features (and loopholes) but parental control is a feature that has remained constant since previous versions of Windows. With Windows 10, parental control became even better. Now you have the ability to monitor your child's activities such as web browsing, screen life and the apps and games they use.
While some may consider it spying, the ability to monitor your child's activity can be helpful in an age of harassment and online bullying. So, without wasting any more time, here is how you can configure parental control on Windows 10:
Create a child user account in Windows 10
Before setting up parental control in Windows 10, you will need to create a user account for your child. Here's how to do it:
1. Go up Settings of Windows 10- > Accounts -> Family and other users and click "Add a family member" .
2. In the new dialog box that appears, select "Add a child" and enter an email address, if you've already created one for your child. Otherwise, click on the option that says "The person I want to add does not have an email address".
3. Here, Enter your child's details as name, date of birth etc. Together to the email address you wish to create .
4. Therefore, you will need to enter your mobile number or an alternative email address to protect the child's account in the event of a hack.
5. Once executed, an invitation email to become your family member will be sent to the email address you just created. You will need to accept the email invitation to begin configuring parental controls.
6. Open Outlook mail, log in with the email address you just created and open the invitation email. Here, click on " Accept invitation ".
Note : the invitation will expire in 14 days, so accept it in advance.
7. Page " Join your family "it will open and you will have to log in again to confirm acceptance of the invitation. Once done, you will be able to configure the child account according to your wishes.
Configure the child account
You can set up accounts for children, among others, through the Microsoft's family web page .
Here are the options you can set parental control on:
In the "Recent Activities" section, you can enable or disable the "Activity Reports" option. If you keep it enabled, you will receive reports on browsing activities, on your child's apps and games and on the screen . You can simply go to the recent activities section to check all the activities or also enable the "Send me weekly reports" option.
Note : Microsoft can report web browsing activities only if the child is browsing Internet Explorer or Edge. So make sure you block access to other browser apps. Also, when "Activity Reports" is activated, the InPrivate navigation mode will be disabled.
The web can be a scary thing for a child because you never know when a strange and inappropriate announcement appears. This is why it is important to monitor your child's web browsing. In the "Web browsing" section, you can block websites that you don't want your child to visit. First, you need to enable the "Block inappropriate websites" option. then you can add inappropriate websites in the "Always block these" section.
It is important to note that "Safe Search" activates, so search engines automatically filter out anything that is not appropriate in the search results. Also, if you have a very young child, you can also make sure that he / she only sees the websites you've allowed.
Children can be quickly hooked on the fantastic new games offered these days, but as parents, you need to make sure they don't get their hands on inappropriate apps or games. Fortunately, the "Apps, games and multimedia content" section allows you to block apps and games that you don't want to be opened to your child. You will need to activate "Block inappropriate apps and games" first. So, you can limit apps, games and multimedia content from the Windows Store to the appropriate age for the child . You can even block specific apps and games, but only from recent activity.
Worried about your child using the computer all the time? Well, you can take control here. You can decide the amount of time your children can spend on the computer and you can also decide when they can use the device . In the "Screen Duration" section, allow "Set limits for when my child can use devices" and then, you can set the length of time your child can use the PC every day. You can also limit daily use if you wish.
In the "Purchase and spend" section, you can add money for your child to buy apps, games and other content from the Windows Store. You can simply add money and remove any other payment options, so that their purchases are under control.
If your child has a device Windows 10 Mobile, you can use this option to check its position on a map. You can only turn it on if they are using the same Microsoft account even on their phone. This can come in handy when you're worried about the fate of your children and their phone turned off.
Xbox privacy settings
This option takes you to the Xbox privacy settings web page, where you will need to log in with 2-step verification. Here you can monitor your child's Xbox profile, you can choose if you want your child to see other people's Xbox profile, communicate via video, share content etc. You can check these options for Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One and Xbox 360 as well.
Check your child's online activities with Windows 10 Parental Control options?
Internet is not the friendliest world and, therefore, it is important to keep children safe in their young age. As you may have noticed, Microsoft offers quite complete parental control features. So go ahead and set up for your children. Let us know if you have any doubt about the Windows 10 controls. Audio disabled in the comments section below.