You can share your Windows 10 PC with kids in your family and use the built-in Family features to ensure they have a safer experience. You can view reports of your kids' online activity, limit how long and when they use their devices, and help make sure they don't see inappropriate websites, apps, or games. Their settings will apply to any Windows 10 device that they sign in to. We'll show you how to set it up.
How to add a child account in Windows 10
- On your Windows 10 PC, go to Settings > Accounts > Family & other users.
- Click Add a family member.
- Select Add a child
- Enter the email address of child to send them an invitation to join.
- If they don't have an email address, click The person I want to invite doesn't have an email address.
- After they've accepted the email invitation, have them sign in to Windows 10 using the same email address you sent the invitation to.
How to manage family settings
- Go to http://account.microsoft.com/family
- Select the child's account
- Select settings to turn on or modify:
You can turn on activity reporting for your child. You can see what websites they've been visiting, what apps and games they've been downloading and playing, and how much time they've been spending on their devices. You can also get activity reports emailed to adults in the family weekly. This is also where you can block apps and games.
You can turn on website restrictions for your child. You can choose to block or allow specific sites and to restrict websites rated beyond a certain age. If you have very young children, you can also choose to only allow them to visit websites you've decided are safe.
Keep in mind that websites can only be blocked on Microsoft Edge. To protect your child, block any other browsers appearing in Recent activity under Apps & games.
Apps, games & media
You can turn on restrictions for apps, games and media. You can choose to only allow your child to download items that are appropriate below a certain age rating. If your child downloaded something before you set these limits, you could block it where it appears on the Recent activity page. Your child won't be able to use it until you allow it again.
You can set limits as to when during the day your child can be on their Windows devices and the maximum amount of time they can spend on each device per day. For example, you might let them spend three hours a day on each device during the week, but give them more time on weekends. You can also set it up so that they can't use their device later than 10 PM.
Purchase and spending
You can add money to your child's account so they can buy the apps, games, and items from the Windows store. Scroll down to Purchase history to see a list of their purchases from the last 90 days.
We've shown you how to add a child account and place limits on their usage for a safer experience. We like that the Windows 10 family feature is connected to your child's account so that the same settings apply to all the Windows 10 devices they log in to. Adults also don't need to be physically using the child's device since the family settings can be configured from the web browser.
Do you use the family feature in Windows 10? Share your setup in the comments!