Formerly known as Parental Control in previous versions of Windows OS 7 and Vista. It’s a set of free features available on Windows 10 PC and Windows Mobile devices Home edition. On July 17, 2020, they launched Microsoft Family Safety on Google App Store and the IOS App Store. It usually requires Microsoft Account to use family safety features. A parent can manage the settings for a child if both of their accounts are in the same family. When the parents apply or turn on these settings for their child what happens is these settings are applied to every device child uses using that Microsoft Account. Additional features include Windows Store purchase controls and the ability to find Child’s Windows 10 mobile device on a map.
Microsoft has been offering family safety features since March 2006, First, 3000 beta testers were given a preview of Windows Live OneCare Family Protection. Testing it for a year and a half its final version was released on November 6, 2007. Microsoft released its updated version 2009 and rebranded it as Windows Live Family Safety on December 15, 2008, removing it completely from the Windows Live OneCare family.
Microsoft then announced Microsoft Live Family Safety to be renamed as Microsoft Family Safety as a built-in part of Windows 8 OS, it was released on May 14, 2014. Microsoft Family Safety was renamed Microsoft Family Features in August 2015, and the offering of family features was extended to include Windows Store funding beyond that of just family safety. Microsoft introduced new features to Windows 10 on December 16, 2015, including screen time extensions and the ability to access all Windows 10 PC and Mobile settings in one place. Microsoft has now added a centralized control center for recent events, browsing history, buying applications and games and history downloading and made it possible for a parent account to find the Windows 10 phone of their child.
Security Features of Family Features Windows 10
- Partial Web Filtering. This feature is restricted to Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer browsers only. Turning this feature on restricts adult websites and enables Safe-Search.
- Activity Reporting. A list of visited websites, computer-use times, and applications used on any Windows 10 PC or mobile device can be accessed by parents.
- Screen Time. The amount of time a child can use the Computer can be restricted by parents and the time periods that PCs can be used and the maximum time allowance per Computer can be specified. When time runs out, a parent will authorize extensions.
- App, Games & Media Limit. Non-Windows Store applications can no longer be disabled under Windows 10. It is possible to limit only Windows Store applications. Parents can use the Windows Store to set an age rating for material that a child can obtain. This refers to Windows Store software, sports, music, and movie content that a child can search or acquire. Parents may directly ban apps or games from the store, but only after the child has used them.
- Purchase and Spending Feature. Parents can add to their child’s account money that the child can then use in the Windows Store to purchase content. This role enables parents to give spending allowances to their children without having to apply a credit card to the child’s account. Parents will see recent transactions for a child in the Windows Store.
- Find your Child. Parents can find their child’s Windows 10 Mobile phone on a map