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Setting up a
Windows
PCs & Laptops

Here's a handy list of instructions on how to setup
Windows Desktops Computers & Laptops.

Instructions

(~15 Minute Setup Time Per Device)

1.  START HERE: We recommend managing and restricting what your child can access by using Microsoft Family Group

WHY? Family Group allows parents to link Microsoft-based devices, including laptops and some android devices, to allow visibility over screen time, set filters for inappropriate content and receive activity reports.  
  • To set up your family group:
    Go to family.microsoft.com.
  • Sign in with your Microsoft account, then select Add a family member.
  • Select Child or Adult.
  • Type an email address or mobile phone number for the person you want to add.
    - If your child already has a Microsoft account, use the email address associated with that account.
    - If they don't have a Microsoft account, select Create one for them. If your child has a local account on your PC, use the email associated with that account. To find it, select Start > Settings > Accounts > Your info. If the account was set up with an email address, you'll see it under the child's name.
  • Select Send invite. 
  • Have the person you invited accept your invitation from the email or text message they receive. Or you can select Done, then in the Notifications section, next to Pending member, select Accept now. You'll be signed out so the person you're trying to add can sign in to their account and accept the invitation.
  • For an adult account, you're done. For a child account, have the child select My parent can sign in now. Then sign back in to your account, accept the legal terms, choose whether your child can sign in to third-party apps, and select Continue. Now you can set up parental controls (such as filtering and device activity reports) in the family group. Instructions for each of the options are listed below.

    *For more information about Family Group, click here.

2.  Set Content Filters

WHY: Windows allows parents content filters to determine what your child can get from the websites they visit, which games they can play, set screen time limits. Depending on the age of your child, you may not feel the need to turn on all of these features, but we strongly encourage you to turn on the content filters for all kids of all ages. 
  • To turn web browsing limits on, go to family.microsoft.com and sign in with your Microsoft account.
  • 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.

3.  Turn on Activity Reports by Child's Device (Optional)

WHY? Think of Family Sharing kind of like an umbrella you might use to protect your children from rain. It allows you to protect them from inappropriate content, link in with what they are doing online, see what they are downloading, and who and what they are able to access. It leaves you as the parent, in control. 
  • Go to family.microsoft.com and sign in with your Microsoft account.
  • Find your child's name and select Activity.
  • Select Manage, and if Activity reporting is turned Off, use the switch to turn it On.
    Note: For activity reporting to work, check the privacy settings on your child’s device. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics & feedback and make sure the level is set to Enhanced or Full.

4.  Block inappropriate apps, games, and media (Optional)

WHY? Microsoft will allow you to block the use of apps, games or social media on Windows 10 enabled devices, allowing parents to set an age limit for access to certain content. Note: Microsoft isn't as sophisticated as a parental control tool, so you won't be able to simply block entertainment during school time, or allow it to become live during leisure time. You'll have to turn this on and off manually.
  • Go to family.microsoft.com and sign in with your adult Microsoft account.
  • Find your child's name and select Content restrictions
  •  Go to Apps, games & media and switch Block inappropriate apps, games & media from Off to On. Under 'Allow apps and games' rate the selected age limit you want to apply to your child.
  • 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.
  • 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 family.microsoft.com.

    *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.

5.  Set Screen Time Limits (Optional)

WHY? Screen time limits are great to help in the management of time spent on both educational and leisure screen-based activities. This will also allow you to manage off-times. 
  • Go to family.microsoft.com and sign in with your adult Microsoft account.
  • Find your child's name and select Screen time. 
  •  If you want to use the same schedule for all devices, turn on Use one schedule for all devices.
  • If you’d rather manage the schedules separately, scroll down and switch On or Off individually. If you don’t want screen limits at all, turn the same option Off. 
  • If you want to give them the full amount of time you’ve scheduled, leave the default setting of Max scheduled. For example, if you’ve allowed screen time from 8 am to 8 pm, they could use their devices that entire time.
  • If you don’t want the default Max scheduled, select the row for each day to set how much time and when you allow your child to spend with their devices.
    - Type in your schedule choices, select Add and then select Save

    *Note: Have your child sign out if they’re not actively using their console. Screen time counts down only during the time a child is signed in.