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How to Set Up Family Safety on your Windows 8 / 8.1 PC

Family Safety is a Microsoft setting that helps you set limits on the amount of time your child can use the PC, as well as the websites, apps, and games they can use and when they can use them. The instructions below explain how to set up Family Safety, if you would like more information on the various settings or are having difficulty with this feature, click here to go to Microsoft's support article.

Setting Up Family Safety

You need to have a user account on the computer with an Administrator account type. If you would like information on signing in as an administrator, click here to go to Microsoft's support article. 

There must be more than one User Account on your PC to correctly use Family Safety. One account will be the child account.

  1. Press the Windows key and X key.

      

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  2. Select Control Panel from the menu.

      

      

  3. Click on "User Accounts and Family Safety". if you only see "Family Safety", click it and skip to step 5.

      

      

  4. Click Family Safety.

      

      

  5. Select the User you want to set Family Safety limits on.

      

      

  6. Click on the circle to the left of "On, enforce current settings".

      

      

  7. If you would like to receive information on PC usage, make sure "On, collect information about PC usage" is selected under Activity reporting.

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