Keeping your kids safer on the PC

Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1

Turning on Family Safety for your child's account

To get the most out of Windows, each person who uses your PC needs their own account. Everybody can customise their own experience with favourite applications, Start screen layout, background colours, account photo and so on. If you're sharing a PC with your kids and want to keep track of just how they're using their screen time, you can monitor their accounts with Family Safety.

To turn on Family Safety, you – or at least one designated parent – need an administrator account; the kids you choose to monitor each need a child's or a standard user account. For more information about user accounts, see Creating a user account and User accounts: FAQ.

Note

  • If your PC is connected to a domain, Family Safety might not be available. Check with your system admin.

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To create a new child's account

When you create a new account for your child – with or without an email address – Family Safety monitoring is turned on automatically. You'll start receiving reports about when and how your child uses the PC, and you can set or change additional limits at any time.

  1. Sign in to your PC with an administrator account.

  2. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, then click Change PC settings.)
  3. Tap or click Accounts, tap or click Other accounts, then tap or click Add an account.

  4. Tap or click the Add a child's account link.

  5. Do one of the following:

    • If your child already has an email address, enter it, tap or click Next, then follow the instructions.

    • If you want to get a new email address for your child, tap or click Sign up for a new email address and follow the instructions.

    • If you want your child to sign in to this PC only, tap or click Add a child's account without email, and follow the instructions.

Tip

  • Is your child too young to remember a typed password? You might want to set up a picture password for them, so they can sign in using a favourite photo instead. For more information, see Personalising your PC.

To turn on Family Safety for an existing child's account

If your child already has a user account on your PC, you can still turn on Family Safety and begin monitoring their activities.

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, then click Change PC settings.)

  2. Tap or click Accounts, then tap or click Other accounts.

  3. Select the account you want to monitor with Family Safety, then tap or click Edit.

    If your child doesn't have a standard user account, see the previous To create a new child's account steps.

  4. In the Account type list, select Child, then tap or click OK.

To add another person as a parent in Family Safety

When you add someone as a parent, they can respond to permission requests and monitor PC activities.

  1. Go to the Family Safety website and sign in with your Microsoft account.

  2. Tap or click Add a parent.

  3. Enter the email address of the person who you would like to add as a parent, then tap or click Send request.

Next: Setting limits for when and how your child uses the PC

Other resources

Go to Family Safety

Change your settings on the Family Safety website.

Family Safety: FAQ

Have a question? See our FAQ.

Service status

Can't get to Family Safety? Check service status.

Help from the community

Ask your question in the community forums.