How to Set up Family Safety in Windows 8 or Windows RT

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If your PC is connected to a domain, Family Safety might not be available. Check with your system administrator. Family Safety helps you set limits on your child’s PC time, as well as the websites, apps, and games they can use (and when). To set up Family Safety, you’ll need an administrator account.

  1. Open Family Safety by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you’re using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering family in the search box, tapping or clicking Settings, and then tapping or clicking Set up Family Safety for any user. ‌ Administrator permission required You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice.
  2. Select the person you want to monitor with Family Safety.If your child doesn’t have a standard user account, see To set up a new child’s account.
  3. Under Family Safety, tap or click On, enforce current settings.

After you’ve turned on Family Safety in windows for a child’s account, you can adjust the individual settings that you want to control:

  • Web filtering. You can make sure your children only visit age-appropriate websites, and decide whether you want to allow file downloads. You can also block or allow specific websites.
  • Time limits. You can choose hours when your children are allowed to sign in to the PC, and even set different time limits for each day. If a child is signed in when their allotted time ends, they’ll be signed out automatically.
  • Windows Store and game restrictions. You can control what games your children play, set an age-rating level, choose the types of content you want to block, and decide whether you want to allow or block specific games.
  • App restrictions. You can prevent children from running apps that you don’t want them to use.

How to change someone’s Family Safety settings

  1. Open Family Safety by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you’re using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering family in the search box, tapping or clicking Settings, and then tapping or clicking Set up Family Safety for any user. ‌ Administrator permission required You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To change settings for your whole family in one place, tap or click Manage settings on the Family Safety website.
    • To change settings for a specific account, tap or click the account. Under Windows settings, choose the settings you want to change.

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