Add Enable and Monitor a Childs Account on Windows 10
Edited by Sarahmcwriter, Alma, Eng
How To Enable And Monitor A Child's Account On Windows 10
The internet can be a pretty inappropriate place for a child if they go in without a vigilant parent by their side. Windows 10 allows you to make the internet a much safer place for your little ones by setting up a child's account, allowing you to monitor how they are using the net.
Sign in with your Microsoft Account
Microsoft through Windows 10 allows you to integrate many devices using one single account. To have full access to all the awesome features, you must be signed in onto your computer using your Microsoft Account either Outlook, Hotmail, Skype, Xbox or Yahoo!
The first step is to go to settings, navigate to accounts and then select "Family & other users." After doing this, you click on "Add family member." The options to add a family member will become available. As in this case you want to create an account for a child, you select "Add a child." It is good practice to make sure each member of your family has their own account.
You will be met with this page, asking you whether you want to add a child account or an adult account. In this case, you will want to add a child account so select that option and then enter an email address for the child account. The email address is not compulsory, and you can continue without entering it.
You will be met with the options to add a name and email address for your child so that they can log into their account. After this, you will be prompted to enter a phone number as an extra layer of security. This is quite useful as it gives you another option to enter the account should they ever forget the username or password.
Before you can complete the account creation, you will be asked to uncheck (or leave checked) two options. They are related to promotional offers from Microsoft. It is probably best to uncheck them, as they aren't particularly relevant in this case.
View Your Family Page To Confirm Account Creation
Once you have finished the above steps, you can view your family page to confirm the creation of the child account
Make sure the accounts email address and name are correct, and that their status is "can sign in", meaning that their account is ready for use.
Adding Established Account To Windows 10 Installation
If your child already has an established account and you simply wish to add them to your new Windows 10 Installation, all you have to do to add them as a family member is to send them an invitation. After they receive the invitation and accept it, you will be able to monitor their account. They can still use their account without completing this step, but you will not be able to monitor them or protect them online.
Until the account is confirmed via the email you used to sign up your child, their status will remain as pending. They will still be able to to use their account as normal and sign in and out as they wish, however the protections that you have set in place will not be in effect and you will be unable to monitor their account activity.
Once you have added a child account, you will be able to take advantage of a number of features that will let you monitor their activities online. You first go to the Family Safety website, and then you are able to take a look at their recent activity, receive email reports of their weekly activity, and set up a block that stops them being able to visit inappropriate websites.
Block Unsavoury Websites
You are able to set up a list of allowed sites that your child can visit, and also set up a list of banned sites that your child will be unable to access through their child account. Using this feature in combination with regularly monitoring your child's via automatic email reports sent to your account is the best way to ensure maximum safety for your little ones online.
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Recent edits by: Alma, Sarahmcwriter