Family Settings on Xbox One are an important tool which let parents monitor and restrict the types of games and the duration to which their children play those games. Microsoft already provides options to limit a variety of features in screen time management, purchase limits, content filters, and privacy, but there is more that the company could do.
Today, Dan McCulloch, General Manager for Xbox Live, shared new settings that will be available to parents. On Xbox Wire, he said the following.
We've heard feedback and questions from parents whose kids enjoy playing cross-network enabled games. Available today, Fortnite is the first game to feature our new cross-play settings, which provides parents and caregivers with more choice in managing cross-network scenarios for their children who play on Xbox. This includes two new settings parents can turn on or off, which empowers them to allow or block both cross-network play and cross-network communication, on their child's account. As with the rest of the family settings, these can be changed in the parent's Microsoft account. We expect other cross-network enabled games will be updated in the future to include these settings and offer more choice for parents.
It's great to see that Microsoft is giving players control over more settings. However, at the end of the day, communication is the most important tool at a parent's disposal.
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