You can help your kids stay safe online with Microsoft family. By setting up children's accounts for them and adding them to your family, you can make sure that they don't see any websites, apps or games that are inappropriate for their age. You can view reports of their online activity, and help them establish good habits by setting up limits on how long and when they can be spending time with their screens. The easiest way to get started is to set your child up with a Microsoft account, add them to your family, then get them to sign in to Windows with that same Microsoft 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 settings 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, and 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, 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 from the web, too.




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