Manage Your Child’s Screen Time and Track Online Activity in Windows 10


Family Safety lets you manage your child’s activity on Windows devices, including Xbox. Managing screen time is a top priority for parents and guardians. It is also important to know what your child is viewing or what apps they are using so that you can better inform them and help them navigate the Internet safely. Let’s see how to control your child’s screen time on the computer and generate weekly reports on their activity.

Before you configure your child’s Screen Time and start generating reports, read our previous article on setting up Family Safety. Once you’ve set this up, go to Start> Settings> Accounts> Family and Others. Click the Manage Family Settings Online link (you can also sign in from here). This will open the family settings web page in your browser. Click Screen Time, then scroll down.

If you want a single policy for all Windows 10 devices, including Xbox One, set, click on the button timetable for the use of a screen. In this way, you can set a certain time per day for all devices (cumulative).

If you deactivate this option, the time limits per PC apply. In other words, if you give them three hours a day, they have three hours per pc. Let’s take a look at this setting.

Toggle time limits for PC screen. Scroll down and select the length of time your child is allowed to use the computer.

The default is Unlimited, but you can choose an allotment between 30 minutes and 12 hours. Whenever that goes out, your child has to ask for more of what you can grant.

You can also click on the link timeout click Set to set a limit on certain days for a particular time of day. If your child has access to more than one computer, these changes will also be aggregated on each device.

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Use Content Restrictions to Block Inappropriate Apps and Websites

The Content Restrictions tab allows you to block inappropriate websites and manage other features on Windows devices. For example, you can require adult consent to buy things and block inappropriate apps and games based on your child’s age. You can also enter specific URLs that will be allowed or blocked.

Note: Website blocking is only available on Windows 10. In addition, only Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer are supported. So if you have third party web browsers like Chrome or Firefox installed, your kids can bypass the restrictions. To fix this, just use the Always Blocked option to block these applications as shown below.

Generate Weekly Reports

If you need insights into what your child is doing on their PC, you can turn on activity reporting. On the Your Family page, click the Review Recent Activity link. Enable activity reports and check the box Weekly reports via send me e-mail.

Family safety certainly gives a lot of power back to parents so they can better manage how children use their devices in healthy ways. If you just learn about it, you may experience turbulence with your kids after setting it up. So, talk to them and let them know what’s going on.


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I am Jessica Moretti, mother of 1 boy and 2 beautiful twin angels, and live in on Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia. I started this blog to discuss issues on parenting, motherhood and to explore my own experiences as a parent. I hope to help you and inspire you through simple ideas for happier family life!


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