Keep your family safer

Windows 8, Windows RT

Settings for an account on the Family Safety website

Set up your kids' accounts in Family Safety

Family Safety is an integrated part of Windows 8 and Windows RT, so it's easier than ever to keep track of when and how your kids use the PC, and to set limits on exactly which websites, apps, and games they're allowed to use. 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 standard user account. For more info about user accounts, see Create a user account and Which user account is right for me?


  • If your PC is connected to a domain, Family Safety might not be available. Check with your system admin.

Create an account for a child

If your child already has a Microsoft account, or an email address that he or she uses with other Microsoft services like or Xbox LIVE, you can add that account to your PC through Family Safety. You can also create a new Windows user account (with or without an accompanying email address) for a child. Here's how:

  1. Sign in to your PC with an administrator account.

  2. Tap or click Change PC settings from the Settings charm.

  3. Tap or click Users.

  4. Under Other users, tap or click Add a user.

  5. Do one of the following:

    • If your child already has an email address, enter it, and then tap or click Next.

    • If you want to create 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 Sign in without a Microsoft account. Tap or click Local account, and follow the instructions.

  6. Select the Is this a child's account? Turn on Family Safety to get reports of their PC use check box, and then tap or click Finish.

    The Add a user dialog box showing a child's account
    This child already has a Microsoft account. Her email address and account picture have been synced with the cloud.


Give someone else parental access

You can assign other people parental access to Family Safety. When you add a parent to your family online, they can respond to kids' permission requests and monitor kids' PC activities, so you can present a united parenting front. Here's how:

  1. Use the Search charm to search for family, and then tap or click Set up Family Safety for any user.

  2. Tap or click Manage settings on the Family Safety website. Administrator permission required You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice.

  3. Under Family summary, at the bottom of the list of family members, do one of the following:

    • Tap or click Add a new parent to add someone to the list of family members, and then follow the instructions.

    • Tap or click Make a family member a parent to give parent permissions to an existing family member. Choose a person from the drop-down list, and follow the instructions.


  • Whichever parent responds to a child's permission request first gets to allow or block it. Responses can't contradict each other.

See more

Change settings for your whole family on the Family Safety website.

You can start (or stop) monitoring a child's account anytime.