Keeping your kids safer on the PC

Windows 10

Set the right limits for your child

Once you’ve added a child to your family, you can make sure that adult websites are blocked, or specify which sites you want your kids to see. You can also make sure that they can only use apps and games that are appropriate for their age, and you can set screen time limits to make sure that they’re not spending too much time in the virtual world. Kids can ask your permission to keep browsing when their time is up, or to see or download anything that’s blocked – together, you can decide the level of restriction that’s right for them.

You can set and manage all these limits at Sign in with your Microsoft account, select the name of the child whose settings you want to change, and follow the instructions from there.


  • Time limits apply according to the time set on the PC, so your PCs don't need to be set to the same time zone for the settings to be applied correctly.

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Setting time limits

There are two ways to limit the time your child spends with their screens. In addition to setting certain hours during which they can use their devices, you can also set a maximum time per device that determines how many hours per day they can use it. For example, you might let them spend two hours a day on each device during the week, but give them more time at weekends.

  1. Select Screen time, and switch Set limits for when my child can use devices from Off to On.

  2. Select times during each day that you want to allow your child to use their devices, and if you wish, set a maximum time allowance per device. If you don't want to set a maximum time, select Unlimited.

Setting limits on the websites your child can visit

There are a lot of great things to learn about on the Internet, but also lots of things that you don’t want your kids to stumble across. Turn on web browsing limits if you want to block sites that provide adult content, or to allow or block individual websites or web pages by using their web addresses or URLs. For young children, you can set up web browsing limits, so they can only visit a small number of sites that you have specifically allowed.

To set up web browsing limits

  1. Sign in to family on the Microsoft account website.

  2. Select the child you want to turn on web browsing limits for.

  3. Select Web browsing, and switch Block inappropriate websites from Off to On.

    Now, adult content is blocked and SafeSearch is on when your child uses the most common search engines.

  4. If you want your child to only see websites that you’ve explicitly allowed, tick the checkbox next to Only see websites on the allowed list.

To allow or block specific websites

  1. Sign in to family on the Microsoft account website.

  2. Select the child you want to turn on web browsing limits for.

  3. Select Web browsing.

  4. To add a site to their allow list, go to Always allow these and enter the URL of a website that you want to allow.

  5. To add a site to their block list, go to Always block these and enter the URL of a website that you want to block.

Set restrictions on apps, games and media

To set limits on the apps, games and media that your child can use, you set an age-based rating level. Then, kids can use apps, games and media that are rated appropriately for their ages, but not ones that are too mature for them. If your child downloaded something before you set these limits, you can block it where it appears on the Recent activity page, and your child won’t be able to use it until you allow it again.

If kids want to use a blocked app or game, they can ask your permission. You can respond to permission requests from your email or from the family page on the Microsoft account website.


  • Before Windows 10, app and game restrictions had two separate On/Off switches – one for apps, and one for games. Now, both are managed with one switch. If you previously only turned on restrictions for one of them but not the other, and haven’t changed them since, then those settings still apply. However, if you visit family on the Microsoft account website and turn app, game and media restrictions off and then on again, apps, games and media will be restricted.

To use age-based rating levels

  1. Select Apps, games & media, and switch Block inappropriate apps and games from Off to On.

  2. Go to Limit apps and games and select the age level that’s appropriate for your child.


  • On devices running Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 or older versions of Windows, all apps and games that don’t have an age rating are blocked by default when you turn on app and game restrictions. This helps protect younger kids from using inappropriate apps or playing games that are too mature for them, but it may also block certain apps that you want older kids to be able to use – including productivity apps such as word processors and spreadsheets. You may want to turn on app and game restrictions for younger kids, but choose to monitor older kids’ activity using activity reporting.

Managing your kids’ requests

Over time, the settings that you apply to your family’s Windows devices can evolve. For example, your child might want to download and play a new game that everyone’s talking about, do some Internet research for a school project, or get a little more PC time to finish a homework assignment. The children in your Microsoft family can send you email requests for new apps, games or websites that they want permission to use. You can respond to requests individually in your email, or manage them all in one place on the family page of the Microsoft account website.

  1. Sign in to family on the Microsoft account website.

  2. Recent permission requests are listed for each kid who made requests.

  3. Next to each request, select the Allow button to approve the request, or the Dismiss button to deny the request.

Next: Monitor your child’s device activity

Other resources

Go to Microsoft family

Change your Microsoft family settings.

Setting up Family Safety

Learn how to add accounts to your Microsoft family.

Help from the community

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