Top 5 Issues about Using Family Safety in Windows 8.1/8/7

Top 5 Issues about Using Family Safety in Windows 8.1/8/7

Dec. 25, 2014 11:26 am / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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Microsoft Family Safety is a free monitoring app to help make it easier to keep your child's safe online. With it, you can know your child's online activities. At the same time, you can control it. Family Safety allows you to see which websites your kids have visited, and which apps and games they've used; block or allow websites, apps, games, or other content; limit the amount of time they can spend on the PC.

See? It's really interesting and also useful. Most of you might add it as a part to parenting. However, a lot of questions will be asked frequently. Here we will solve the top 5 issues about using Family Safety in Windows 8.1/8/7.

How to Create A New Child's Account?

First, you need to create a Windows account for your child. They're different from creating a user account in Windows 8.1/8 and Windows 7. Just refer to the following instructions:

  • 1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap "Settings", and then tap "Change PC Settings".
  • 2. Tap or click "Accounts", tap or click "Other accounts", and then tap or click "Add an account".
  • 3. Tap or click the "Add a child's account" link.
  • 4. According to your situation, choose one to do:

    • If your child already has an email address, enter it, tap or click "Next", and follow the instructions.

    • If you want to get a new email address for your child, tap or click "Sign up for a new email address" and follow the instructions.

    • If you want your child to sign in to this PC only, tap or click "Add a child's account without email", and follow the instructions.
  • 5. Now, Family Safety begins monitoring the new account automatically.

How to Turn on Family Safety for an Existing Child's Account?

  • 1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap "Settings", and then tap "Change PC Settings".
  • 2. Tap or click "Accounts", tap or click "Other accounts".
  • 3. Select the account you want to monitor with Family Safety, and then tap or click "Edit".
  • 4. In the "Account type" list, select "Child" and then tap or click "OK".
  • 5. Adjust the individual settings you want to control your child's account.

    Web filtering: you can block some special websites.

    Time limits: you can choose hours your child can spend online.

    Game and Windows Store app restrictions: you can set an age-rating level, and block or allow specific titles.

Desktop app restrictions: you can prevent children from running apps that you don't want them to use.

How to Verify the PC is Connected to the Family Safety?

If the following things happen, this means your PC is not properly connected with the Family Safety service:

  • You're not able to monitor your child's activity
  • Time limits are not working as expected
  • Email reports show only website activity, but not PC activity

Thus, you need to restore the service.

  • 1. Open Family Safety on the PC (via desktop mode for Windows 8.1 and 8) and click the "Manage settings on the Family Safety website" box.

    how to set up family safety in windows 8.1
  • 2. Note that you must click this box on each PC that is failing to report activity or is disconnected from the Family Safety service. Or you might be signed in as the child.

How to Change Someone's Family Safety Settings?

  • 1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap "Settings", and then tap "Change PC Settings".
  • 2. Tap or click "Accounts", tap or click "Other accounts".
  • 3. Tap or click "Manage Family Safety settings online".

How to Add Another Person as a Parent in Family Safety?

  • 1. Go to the Family Safety website (http://familysafety.microsoft.com/) and sign in with your Microsoft account.

    Note: If you get locked of your PC by forgetting Microsoft account password, please click here to recover the forgotten password.
  • 2. Tap or click "Add a parent".
  • 3. Enter the email address of the person you would like to add as a parent, and then tap or click "Send request".

Hope you can get all your problems solved. If you find this article useful, please share it with more friends.

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