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Apr 25 2013   3:28PM GMT

Windows 8 Family Safety – How To

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Welcome to the latest instalment looking at the new features in Windows 8. In our last post we took an in depth look at File History, the automated back up feature that allows Windows 8 users to create regular back ups of all files, favourites and contacts to an external device. Today we look at Family Safety, which adds an extra level of security to protect children when using their PC and browsing the web. Family Safety was designed for adults concerned about the type of content their children can be exposed to while surfing the web. Microsoft responded by building in a variety of new control’s that parents can administer to a child’s profile.

Family Safety Features

Lets take a look at some of those protocols in a little more detail:

App Restrictions – worried about your kids purchasing or downloading inappropriate apps, or simply don’t want your PC clogged with the latest version of Candy Crush? This feature allows you to restrict applications being downloaded through the Windows Store.

Game Restrictions – this feature allows parents to protect their children from downloading or installing violent/disturbing games. The system works on ratings from child friendly to 18+ red band games, so you can choose to prevent installation of certain/any type of game.

Time Limits and Curfew – limit how long your child can access their account in a single day or simply set access times, no late night surfing web or playing games till the early hours.

Web filtering – prevent your kids from visitng website deemed unsuitable, or simply logging into eBay and spending all your money on clothes and Xbox games before you get the chance to.

Activity Reporting – keeps tabs on the time your kids access the web and what they’re looking at. Check you out you cyber sleuth you.

Requests – this is a function through which your kids can request access to materials you can then approve or deny.

Learn it

You know what it does, now learn how to use it with this Infographic. The content was written by Gary Fildes, lead Windows and Apprenticeship Instructor for Firebrand Training

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