Keeping your kids safer on the PC

Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1

Monitoring your child's device use with activity reports

When you add a child to your Microsoft family, you'll get regular activity report emails to your Microsoft account, summarising how much time the child spent on the PC, the websites they visited, the games and apps they used and the terms they've looked up in search engines like Bing, Google or Yahoo! Search.

The email summary gives you a lot of info about your child's PC activities at a glance. But you can always delve into more details – and change permissions and other settings based on the activity info – by selecting Recent activity at account.microsoft.com/family. Here's how:

  1. Go to account.microsoft.com/family and sign in.

  2. Select the name of the child whose report you want to see, then select Recent activity. Make sure activity reports are turned on.

If you don't want to receive weekly activity reports in your email, you can turn that feature off and just check your kids' activity reports pages manually.

  1. Go to account.microsoft.com/family and sign in.

  2. Select the name of the child whose report you want to see, then tap or click Recent activity. Make sure activity reports are turned On.

  3. Under Weekly reports emailed to adults, turn the switch from On to Off.

Websites

This section of the activity report shows all your child's recent searches and the sites your child visited or tried to view. Blocked sites are listed first, then sites that your child successfully visited. You can allow or block any of the sites directly from the recent activity report by selecting Allow or Block next to the URL. To adjust your child's website limitations, select Settings.

Apps & games

Here you can see all the apps and games your child has been using, including any that were blocked. You can also see their age rating next to the titles, and you can choose to Allow or Block apps and games straight from the list. To adjust your child's app and games restrictions, select Settings.

Screen time

For a breakdown of your child's overall time spent on their devices, the Screen time section indicates when and for how long your child used their devices throughout the week.

You'll see a list of how much time they spent on their devices overall by each day, and also how much time they spent on each device during the entire week.

If you decide you need to adjust your child's screen time limits, select Settings.

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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