Windows 10 Parental Controls: A Guide to Keeping Your Children Safe

Windows 10 Parental Controls: A Guide to Keeping Your Children Safe

Posted by Team Recompute on 22nd Mar 2019

Windows 10 Parental Controls: A Guide to Keeping Your Children Safe

Windows 10 Parental Controls: A Guide to Keeping Your Children Safe

Learn how to keep your children safe when using the computer with this guide to Windows 10 parental controls. We're sharing the crucial security features you must activate.

You love your child and wish to protect them. That extends to the digital world, too. Today's kids are more tech-savvy than any other generation.

But that comes at a cost.

Scientists note that technology can affect the ways kids focus, solve problems, and even communicate. As a result, they recommend that parents monitor their children's screen time.

Fortunately, this is quite easy to do, especially on through a Windows 10 PC.

Here's a step-by-step guide to using Windows 10 parental controls to keep your kids safe.

What Windows 10 Parental Controls Allow You to Manage

Before we get into the "how," let's look at a few handy things you can do through the Windows parental control feature.

Manage Your Child's Screen Time

Ever wish your child would get off the computer and do their chores? Thanks to parental controls, that's possible - the "getting off the computer" part anyway, no guarantee about the chores.

Through Windows 10, you can set up time limits for each account on your PC. You can add or subtract time at will, so you have the flexibility and power to change the amount of time depending on the situation.

Block Mature Content

There's some seriously nasty stuff on the Internet. Microsoft's built-in web filters allow you to restrict access to mature content.

That goes for apps, videos, websites, and even games.

It's worth noting that Windows 10 settings sync across your Microsoft account. So if your kids have an Xbox One, your parental controls will carry over.

Turn Off Instant Purchases

Since in-app purchases aren't tangible, most kids don't think twice before hitting purchase. But since that's money coming from your wallet, these microtransactions can lead to some major problems.

Fortunately, you can turn them off completely. You can also require a child to ask permission before making a purchase or give them a set amount to spend.

How to Enable Parental Controls

Now that you know a bit more about what Windows 10 parental controls allow you to control, let's talk about how you can set up your children's accounts in just a few easy steps.

Create a Microsoft Account

If you don't already have an account, create an individual profile for yourself or a shared account with your partner. Be sure to give yourself administrative access, as you'll need this permission in subsequent steps.

Head to The Accounts Sub-menu

Next, head to the settings menu. On the right side of the screen, you should see an option labelled "Accounts." Click this option.

Now, look on the lower left-hand side of the page, where you'll see "Family & other users." Here, you can set up profiles for each of your children.

Note that you'll need an email address associated with each account. Microsoft sends a verification email to each family member to ensure that they really are your family.

Manage Your Settings

With each account verified, you should see each family member listed in the "Family & other users" menu.

You should now be able to click on each individual account and adjust the parental controls to your liking.

Through this menu, you can also do things like monitoring their web activity and adjusting their available spending balance.

Family Comes First: Keep Your Kids Safe

Technology isn't going anywhere. And, in truth, that's not a bad thing. But with so much nasty content and in-app purchases out there, it's important to keep a close eye on your little ones.

Since you can't be there 24/7, let Windows 10 parental controls help you out.

Have any questions? Be sure to get in touch. Whether you have questions about parental controls or want tips on finding the best computer, we can help.