Which Family Safety features do I get in Windows?

Family Safety can help keep your kids safer online and on a PC. However, depending on what kind of PC or device you're using, Family Safety might work differently. If you're not sure which version of Windows you're using, see Which Windows operating system am I running?

Use the following table to see which Family Safety features apply to accounts on the operating systems that your family uses.

Windows Vista, Windows 7 Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1

See your kid's web and PC activity

Windows Vista, Windows 7
Tick
Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1
Tick

See your kid's game activity 1

Windows Vista, Windows 7
Tick
Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1
Tick

See which Windows Store apps your kids have downloaded and used on the PC 1

Windows Vista, Windows 7
Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1
Tick

Set web filtering restriction levels

Windows Vista, Windows 7
Tick
Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1
Tick

Allow or block specific websites

Windows Vista, Windows 7
Tick
Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1
Tick

Block file downloads from the web 1

Windows Vista, Windows 7
Tick
Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1
Tick

Set the amount of time your kids can spend on the PC each day 1

Windows Vista, Windows 7
Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1
Tick

Choose which times of the day your kids can use the PC 1

Windows Vista, Windows 7
Tick
Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1
Tick

Choose which games and applications your kids can use on the PC 1

Windows Vista, Windows 7
Tick
Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1
Tick

Use ratings to set limits on the Store apps your kids can install on the PC 1

Windows Vista, Windows 7
Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1
Tick

Let kids request to view blocked websites

Windows Vista, Windows 7
Tick
Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1
Tick

Let kids request to use games and desktop applications 1

Windows Vista, Windows 7
Tick
Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1
Tick

Let kids request to use blocked Store apps 1

Windows Vista, Windows 7
Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1
Tick

1 This feature is only available on standard Windows accounts. For more info about user accounts, see Creating a user account and User accounts: FAQ.

Additionally, the following features are available for Windows Phone child accounts.

Windows Phone

Use ratings to restrict which games your kids can play

Windows Phone
Tick

Set limits on what your kids can download from the Windows Phone Store

Windows Phone
Tick

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