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Using Microsoft Family to Manage Your Child's Computer Access

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Microsoft Family is designed to help adults monitor and control what children can do on a PC. In this chapter from My Windows 10 Tablet (includes Content Update Program): Covers Windows 10 Tablets including Microsoft Surface Pro, Jim Cheshire shows you how to use Microsoft Family to keep children from wandering into websites and apps that contain inappropriate material, control the days and times that a child can use your computer, and configure your tablet so that when a particular family member logs in, he or she can access only a specific app.
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A computer is a wonderful tool for children, but it can also allow access to websites and apps that aren’t appropriate for them. Microsoft Family is designed to help adults monitor and control what children can do on a PC. In this chapter, you learn about the following topics:

  • Adding and Removing Family Members
  • Controlling Website Access
  • Controlling App Access
  • Controlling PC Access
  • Configuring and Reviewing Reports

Microsoft Family (previously called Family Safety) provides a convenient way to help children that use your tablet (and your other PCs as well) from wandering into websites and apps that contain inappropriate material. You also can use Microsoft Family features to control the days and times that a child can use your computer. Finally, you can configure your tablet so that when a particular family member logs in, he or she can access only a specific app.

Adding and Removing Family Members

To use Microsoft Family, you must add your family members to your account. You can add child accounts and adult accounts. Child accounts can be configured with restrictions on them, and adult accounts have the ability to monitor and configure these controls.

Adding a Family Member

You can easily add family members to your account. When you add a family member, you use their Microsoft account email address. If they don’t have one, you can create one when you add them to your account.

  1. From Settings, tap or click Accounts.

  2. Tap or click Family & Other Users.
  3. Tap or click Add a Family Member.

  4. To add a child, tap or click Add a Child.
  5. To add an adult, tap or click Add an Adult.
  6. Enter the family member’s Microsoft account email address. (If they don’t have a Microsoft account, tap or click The Person I Want to Add Doesn’t Have an Email Address, and you’ll have the option to create one.)
  7. Tap or click Next.

  8. Tap or click Confirm.

  9. Tap or click Close to complete the process.

Removing a Family Member

Family members can be removed from the Microsoft Family website. Once a family member is removed, he or she can no longer log in to your PC.

  1. From the Family & Other Users screen in Settings, tap or click Manage Family Settings Online.

  2. Tap or click Remove in the Child section to remove a child or in the Adults section to remove an adult.

  3. Tap or click the family member you want to remove.
  4. Tap or click Remove to confirm that you want to remove the family member.

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