Parental controls are essential for all devices and online services. Windows 10 enables parents with several options to protect kids from inappropriate content online.

Windows 10 Parental Control Options

Once a child’s account is created, the parental account can set and monitor the controls. These include:

  • Activity reports on app or game use, screen time, browser history, and web searches
  • Restricting app or game use
  • Tracking a child’s location on an Android device (if Microsoft Launcher installed)
  • Purchasing permission in the Microsoft Store
  • Screen time limits with weekly schedules

Creating A Child Account

Firstly, navigate to the Start menu in the bottom left and select the cog icon to open the Settings. Once in the Settings app, find the heading for Accounts. Find and select the Family & other users heading. Click on the option to Add a family member.

Select the option to Add a member. If they have an email account, enter it in. If they don’t, click the blue link to create a free Outlook email for the child. Once created, the account will be ready to go.

Managing Windows 10 Parental Controls

Once the child’s account is created, use the Microsoft Family website to manage the accounts. From the site, each account added by you is viewable. Prior to allowing access, configure the parental controls for the account. By default, Microsoft turns the parental controls off. To turn on reporting, select the Activity tab. Turn the Activity Reporting toggle on. Once the reporting is active, scroll down to enable the various features.

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