Microsoft shares gaming tips for parents just in time for the holidays

Xbox One S and Xbox wireless controller
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What you need to know

  • A new video from Xbox helps parents of gamers.
  • The video includes instructions for setting up the console and setting up gaming limits.
  • The video shows how to set up child and teen accounts, which grant parents access to family settings.

Many children receive a new gaming console this time of year. The Xbox team has a new video to help parents set up a new Xbox One and to set up appropriate limits and settings. The video is about ten minutes long and includes all the basics needed to get your house ready for gaming, including how to set up a new console, how to create a child or teen account, and how to install screen limits and content filters. It also has a list of family-friendly games to try.

Microsoft emphasizes the importance of setting up a teen or child account in a news post. Setting these types of accounts up allows parents to access family settings. The news post breaks down four key areas that parents can access when they set up a teen or child account.

  • Screen Time Limits: Manage how much gaming time is appropriate for each day of the week
  • Content filters: Ensure kids only have access to age-appropriate content
  • Privacy: Determine who your kids can play and chat with
  • Spending Limits: Avoid surprise spending by setting up an allowance or requiring your permission to make any purchases

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Content filters and restrictions are an important part of balancing gaming with other passions, according to Microsoft's Dave McCarthy, "I understand the challenges of balancing your kids' passion for gaming with other important things like homework, time with family, chores, etc. But Xbox is here to help!"



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