December 13, 2012 - Phil Sohn, Microsoft's Senior Program Manager for Family Safety announced that Windows 8 will make parental monitoring and control of your children's computer activities simpler and much more effective. By creating user accounts for each child and turning on the Family Safety feature, parents will receive a weekly report of their children's online and PC activities including information on websites visited and length of stays, search queries, downloads, and most used applications and games.
If the parent and children accounts are based on a Windows Live ID, rather than a local Windows account specific to one PC, then the monitoring can also extend to other computers.
Below is a list of the usage control settings that parents can apply to their children's accounts across multiple PC's by clicking on different sections in the weekly report, or by going directly to the Family Safety Control Panel.
- Restrict websites your children visit
- Restrict the games your children play
- Establish time limits
- Prevent your children from seeing certain Window Store applications based on their age group rating
Family Safety is comprised of the following features:
- The Family Safety Filter - Software you install and set up on each computer your kids use. It monitors your kids using safety settings you select.
- The Family Safety website - Where you choose and manage all the settings for each family member and view their activity reports. You can create settings on the website once and then they will apply to every computer where you’ve installed the Family Safety Filter.
- Windows Parental Controls - A feature in Windows that’s turned on when you use 'Family Safety'. You can use Windows Parental Controls to set up more safety settings for your kids' computers.
For more information, please click on 'Protecting Your Kids with Family Safety'.