• Paul Isaacson

Windows 10 Parental Controls

Updated: Aug 27

This Blog is a Sub Thread of Parental Control https://www.bringingyourtechtolife.com/post/setting-up-parental-controls

Setting up parental controls can be very beneficial for your family. It gives you the ability to manage how your children use their device and gives you peace of mind that they’re staying safe online. Below, I’ll walk you through how to set up parental controls for Windows 10. While these steps focus on the native controls for Windows 10, keep in mind there are some areas it’s not effective by itself. For the most effective parental controls, pair with Net Nanny for enhanced content filtering, screen time controls and peace of mind.

Quick Link: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12439/microsoft-account-set-content-restrictions-on-windows-10-and-xbox-one

GETTING STARTED

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:

  • Limit web browsing in Internet Explorer and Edge to appropriate sites.

  • Filter mature content from search results.

  • Set age restrictions on apps, games, and media acquired through the Windows and Xbox stores.

  • Manage screen time, either via a schedule or a maximum number of hours.

  • Receive reports on web browsing and application usage.

While there are some weaknesses in the web filtering and application control system Microsoft uses, Windows 10 parental controls do have the advantage of applying across multiple devices. Users can't, for example, 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.

SETTING UP MICROSOFT PARENTAL CONTROLS

Setting up Windows 10 parental controls is fairly straightforward: we'll 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 the Microsoft Family.

To complete the set-up process, you'll need:

  • Internet access

  • At least one 'parent' Microsoft Account

  • Individual Microsoft Accounts for each child using the device

  • Access to your child's email account, or one created for this purpose

  • Administrator privileges on a desktop or tablet running Windows 10

(While it's possible to set up parental controls on a Windows 10 phone, it's generally much easier on a larger screen.)

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.

WHY DO I NEED A MICROSOFT ACCOUNT?

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.

As for your child's online experience, 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 they log in using their Microsoft account, Windows will apply the same rules regardless of device.

If you didn't create a Microsoft account while setting up your system, don't worry. You can create a Microsoft account and make the switch without losing any files, applications, or settings. Once you're all set up, go to Settings > Accounts and click on “Sign in with a Microsoft account instead”.

SETTING UP YOUR CHILD’S ACCOUNT

In order to apply Windows 10 parental controls, you’ll need to add a “child account” to your own through the Windows Settings menu. Once their account is set up, you’ll be able to set limitations and content controls through your Microsoft account.


STEP 1

Open up your Windows Settings menu and select Accounts


STEP 2

Select Family & Other People from the left sidebar menu.


STEP 3

Under Your Family , click on Add a Family Member.


STEP 4

“Add a Child" is selected by default. Enter the email address of their Microsoft Account below if you have it. (Remember that you’ll need access to their email to confirm they are your child.) If your child already has a Microsoft account, click through the remainder of this dialog and skip to Step 11. If not, click “The person I want to add doesn’t have an email address” and we’ll walk you through creating one for them.


STEP 5

If you need to create a Microsoft Account, fill in your child’s email address (or one you create for this purpose) and demographic information here. Write down the password you choose for them and keep it safe, in case you need to modify their account settings later.


STEP 6

Uncheck these two boxes before continuing, to minimize junk mail.


STEP 7

You’ll have to sign in here with your own Microsoft password in order to confirm it’s you. This is to prevent unauthorized users (or curious toddlers) from making account changes if you’ve left your system unattended.


STEP 8

Confirm that your child can use this account to access online services, such as Xbox Live, the Windows Store, and other internet-based Microsoft sites. You’ll need to agree in order to apply Windows 10 parental controls to these services.


STEP 9

Here, you’ll need to consent to allow your child to use non-Microsoft applications and games before completing the process with a $0.50 charge to an adult’s credit card for validation.

This is mandated by the Child’s Online Privacy Protection Act and unfortunately not optional. Microsoft donates this fee to charity.


STEP 10

Once you’ve completed the account set up process, you should see this confirmation dialog.


STEP 11