Keep your kids safer on the PC

Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1

Turn 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 customize their own experience with favorite apps, Start screen layout, background colors, 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—needs an administrator account; the kids you choose to monitor each need a child's or a standard user account. For more info about user accounts, see Create 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, and then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)
  3. Tap or click Accounts, tap or click Other accounts, and 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.

    • 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 favorite photo instead. For more info, see Personalize 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, and then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)

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

  3. Select the account you want to monitor with Family Safety, and 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 and 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 you would like to add as a parent, and then tap or click Send request.

Next: Set 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? Check out our FAQ.

Service status

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

Help from the community

Ask your question in the community forums.