Microsoft parental controls start with a family account. The primary account holder must create separate accounts for those in the family that will be using the home computer running Microsoft 10 or an X Box One. These settings apply to both devices but the set up for each is a little different. I will try to guide you through everything to make the online experience as safe as possible for each user.


In order to get started you need to create an account for each user in the family.  This is done by selecting the “Create A Family Group” option

Once your “Family Group” has been created you can follow these steps to limit access to mature or inappropriate content.


Setting Limits On Apps, Games, And Other Content

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  • 1. Go to https://account.microsoft.com/family and sign in with your adult Microsoft account.
  • 2. Find your child’s name and select Content restrictions.
  • 3. Go to Apps, games & media and switch Block inappropriate apps, games & mediafrom Off to On. Under Allow apps and games rated for select the age limit you want to apply to your child.
  • 4. When your child requests to use a blocked app or game, you can approve it and add it to the Always allowed list, which is under Content restrictions.
    This is a screenshot to show customers the content restrictions page for Microsoft family.
  • 5. If your child downloaded something before you set these limits, you can block it where it appears on the Activity page. They’ll need your permission to use it again, and you can respond to their requests from your email or on https://account.microsoft.com/family.
  • Note: If you want to keep an eye on the content your child is using but don’t want to set up content restrictions, go to the Activity page and change Activity reporting from Off to On.

Setting Browsing Limits On Internet Explorer & Microsoft Edge Browsers

You can block inappropriate websites on Xbox One and Windows 10 devices when you use Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge browsers. To turn web browsing limits on, go to https://account.microsoft.com/family and sign in with your Microsoft account. Then:

  • Find your child’s name and select Content restrictions.

  • Scroll down to Web browsing and switch Block inappropriate websites from Off to On.

  • If you want to always block specific sites, add their URLs under Always blocked.

  • If you want your child to only see websites you’ve explicitly allowed, check the box next to Only allow these websites.

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