Windows 8: Set up Family Safety (Microsoft Account)

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I created a Microsoft account as user account for my child. How do I set up Family Safety for this account?

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Family Safety: Set up Family Safety for a Microsoft account in Windows 8

Of course, you can use Family Safety to protect a user account in Windows 8 which was created using a Microsoft account. Doing this enables you to protect your children from content on the local PC or from web content which might be harmful to children, to control access times to the PC, and determine which games, programs, and apps your children are allowed to use.

Note: This article describes using Windows 8 with a mouse and a keyboard. Please make sure that Family Safety is turned on. You can turn on Family Safety when you are setting up the accounts for your children.



1. Display the Charms bar by pointing with the mouse to the upper right or lower left corner of the start screen.

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2. Click Search.

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3. Click Settings.

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4. Enter Family Safety.

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5. In the left pane, click Set up Family Safety for any user.

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6. In the next window, click the account for which you want to control access rights and restrictions.

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7. Leave the settings above unchanged and click Web filtering, if you want to determine which web contents this person can display.

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8. Make sure that the option  [...] can only use the websites I allow is enabled in the upper pane. Click Set web filtering level.

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9. In the next window, accept the default setting Online communication or choose the option Designed for children.

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10. In the left pane, click Allow or Block Websites to create a list of allowed or blocked web pages, or click User Settings to edit more settings.

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11. Click Time limits to choose the days and times your children can access the PC.

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12. Based on the options on the Time Allowance tab, you can determine how many hours and minutes your children can use the PC on weekdays and weekends.

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13. Based on the options on the Curfew tab, you can determine the times for each day when this person is not allowed to use the PC at all.

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14. Then click User Settings to edit additional options.

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15. Click Windows Store and game restrictions to restrict the use of games.

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16. Click Set game and Windows Store ratings to determine that this person can only use the games suitable for his/her age which are installed on the PC.

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17. In the next window, you chose a game rating level based on the age of your child.

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18. If you want to block or allow specific locally installed games click Allow or Block Games on the left bar. Otherwise click User Settings.

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19. Click App restrictions, if you want to allow or block access to specific apps locally installed on this PC for this person.

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20. Now you can determine which apps this person can use by selecting the appropriate checkbox.

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21. Then close the window. The changes are immediately in effect.

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22. The next time this user signs in, a notification is displayed telling her/him that this account is monitored by Family Safety.

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Note This is a "FAST PUBLISH" article created directly from within the Microsoft support organization. The information contained herein is provided as-is in response to emerging issues. As a result of the speed in making it available, the materials may include typographical errors and may be revised at any time without notice. See Terms of Use for other considerations.

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Article ID: 2782156 - Last Review: September 20, 2013 - Revision: 2.1
Applies to
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 8
Keywords: 
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