Keeping your kids safer on the PC

Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1

Adding a child to your Microsoft family

To get the most out of Windows, each person who uses your PC should get 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, letting them sign in with their own accounts will give them the freedom to explore safely while you're still able to set up appropriate age restrictions and time limits, and make sure they're not visiting any websites or using any apps and games that aren't right for them.

To get started you – or at least one designated adult in the family – will need an administrator account on the PC you'll be using; the kids will 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 on your PC

  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.

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 add an existing account on your PC as a child to your Microsoft family

If your child already has a user account on your PC, you can add them to your Microsoft family.

  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 adult to your Microsoft family

  1. Sign in at account.microsoft.com/family with your Microsoft account.

  2. Go to Adults and select Add.

  3. Enter the email address of the person you'd like to add to your family as an adult, then tap or click Send invitation.

    The person you've invited will need to accept your invitation from their email. After they've joined your family, they'll be able to manage kids' settings, approve requests and see activity reports, too.

Next: Set the right limits for your child

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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