How do I prevent my child from seeing certain websites or chatting online?

To help prevent your child from seeing certain websites or chatting online, go to the Family Safety website and choose an appropriate filtering level for your child. Here's how:


  1. On any computer, go to the Family Safety website, and then sign in with a parent's Microsoft account.

  2. Under the name of the child you want to set web filtering for, click Edit settings.

  3. Click Web filtering, select Turn on web filtering, and then move the slider to select a filtering level. The settings range from most restrictive at the top to most permissive at the bottom:

    • Select Allow list only to only allow access to websites that a parent has added to the Allow list.

    • Select Child-friendly to allow access to sites on the Allow list, plus websites in the child-friendly category. This setting blocks adult sites and social networking, web chat, and web mail.

    • Select General interest to allow access to sites on the Allow list, plus websites in the child-friendly and general interest categories. General interest sites are those that don't belong to other categories, such as social networking or adult content. Popular search engines (but not necessarily the result lists on them) are general interest sites. This setting blocks adult sites and social networking, web chat, and web mail.

    • Select Online communication (basic) to allow access to sites on the Allow list, websites in the child-friendly and general interest categories, and social networking, web chat, and web mail. This setting blocks adult sites.

    • Select Warn on adult to allow access to all websites, but with a warning before allowing suspected adult websites. Sites on the Block list will remain blocked.


Notes

  • For web filtering settings to work, you must install and set up the Family Safety Filter on each computer your child uses.

  • Although Family Safety uses the latest technology, no system of this type can be 100% accurate. Web filtering is an evolving technology that might sometimes categorize a website differently than a parent or site publisher thinks it should. If a parent or site publisher thinks that a site should have been blocked or allowed, but it wasn't, they can report this to the Family Safety team.

You can also block or allow specific webpages or websites for each child monitored by Family Safety (or all family members at once). To do so:

  1. On any computer, go to the Family Safety website, and then sign in with a parent's Microsoft account.

  2. Under the name of the child you want to set web filtering for, click Edit settings.

  3. Click Web filtering lists.

  4. Type or paste the web address of the site that you want to allow or block into the http:// text box and click Allow or Block.

    You can use the drop-down list next to the http:// text box to allow or block a website for just the current child or for multiple children or family members.

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