One of the greatest challenges faced by parents nowadays is how to keep children safe online. Whether you are worried about what your children watch on YouTube or who they chat with on social networks like Facebook, a reliable parental control program can always help you. Given so, there are plenty of such software available in the market but only a few of them are able to offer the best features. Here Windows Live Family Safety by Microsoft comes handy by offering a diverse range of safety features.
The parental control software helps you keep your children protected from dangers of the Web. It also gives you full control over what your kids do on PC, and you can restrict which programs they use and how much time they spend in front of the monitor. In this comprehensive guide, we will tell you how to use Windows Live Family Safety, to improve safety controls on your PC.
Getting started with Windows Live family Safety
- First of all, you will need to download Windows Live family Safety. It’s included in Windows Live pack along with Microsoft’s webmail client and MSN Messenger. Select Windows Live Family Safety and click on Install.
- Once installed, open the start menu and launch the app from the list of programs. First-time users will need to register with Windows Live Family Safety in order to use the service. Now, log in to your account to get started.
- Create a ‘standard’ account instead of ‘administrator’ account for each child, preventing smarter kids from making changes to Family Safety. Click on ‘Create a new standard Windows account’, enter the child’s name and hit ‘Create account’. Make sure to select the ‘Monitor account’ option and save the settings.
- To change the default settings for web filtering and activity monitoring, navigate to familysafety.live.com. You will see a list of user accounts; just click on ‘Edit Settings’ next to the account you want to change. You can anytime visit the Windows Live Family Safety website to keep an eye on your child’s activity.
- Go to ‘Web Filtering’ to block a specific type of websites. ‘Allow list only’ is the most strict setting that lets your child access only those sites that you permit, and the most lenient is ‘Warn on adult’, which lets them visit any site but warns you when they view questionable content. You can allow or block sites for all or individual user accounts. When you’re done, press Save.
- By adding your child’s Windows Live email address, you can manage their contacts in Windows Live Messenger, Hotmail, and Spaces. Another option ‘Time Limit’ lets you specify the time for which the PC can be used. You can also block access to certain applications that you might find inappropriate for your child, using program and game restriction options.
- In case your child visits a blocked site, Windows Live Family Safety allows them to send a request for access through email or Messenger. Email requests will be received in Request section, where you have the choice to either grant access or drop the request.
- Visit familysafety.live.com to monitor every activity of your child. Go to ‘View activity report’ to take a look at all the sites your child tried to access, and where Windows Live Family Safety stopped them from visiting specific sites. It also shows the time, date and frequency of visit for each site.
That was all on how to use Windows Live Family Safety to set up parental control in Windows. No matter how advanced child monitoring application you may use, the best way to protect your children from the dark side of the Internet is to talk to them about how to use the web, and what things to keep in mind.
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