In Vista and Windows 7, there is a Parental Controls
features. This has been replaced with Family Safety
in Windows 8.
What this feature does
Family Safety helps parents protect their children when they use a PC. Parents can control which apps, games, and websites children are allowed to use. Parents can also set time limits and receive regular activity reports via email. Parents can manage restrictions and view activity reports locally on the PC or online using the Microsoft Family Safety website.
Information collected, processed, or transmitted
Family Safety settings and reports of childrenís activity are stored on your PC. Activity reports can include info about time spent using the computer, time spent in individual apps and games, and websites visited (including attempts to view blocked sites). Administrators on the PC can change settings and view the activity report.
If online management is turned on for a child account, parents can view the childís activity report and change their settings on the Microsoft Family Safety website. A parent can allow other people to view activity reports and change settings by adding them as parents on the Microsoft Family Safety website. If the parent configuring Family Safety is signed into Windows with a Microsoft account, online management is automatically turned on.
When Family Safety is configured for a child account with online management enabled, weekly reports of the childís activity will automatically be emailed to the parent.
Use of information
Windows and the Microsoft Family Safety website use the information collected to provide the Family Safety feature. Microsoft may analyze activity log information in aggregate for data quality purposes, but we donít use this information to identify, contact, or target advertising to individual users.
Choice and control
Family Safety is turned off by default. You can access Family Safety by opening Family Safety in Control Panel. Only administrators can turn on Family Safety, and only users without administrative privileges can be monitored or restricted. Children can see their settings but canít change them. If Family Safety is turned on, the child will receive a notification that Family Safety is monitoring their account each time they sign in to Windows. If you indicate that an account is a child account during account creation, you can choose to enable Family Safety for that account.
If the administrator setting up a childís account is signed into Windows with a Microsoft account, online management is automatically enabled, and reports about the childís activity will be sent weekly. Parent accounts can be added or removed on the Microsoft Family Safety website. Anyone added as a parent on the website can view a childís activity report and change the childís Family Safety settings, even if the parent isnít an administrator on the PC the child uses.
To properly use Family Safety, only parents should be administrators of their PC, and children should not be granted administrative privileges. Please note that using this feature to monitor other users (such as adults) may violate applicable law.
For more information, see: Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 privacy statement - Microsoft Windows
This tutorial will show you how to setup and use Family Safety
in Windows 8
, Windows RT
, Windows 8.1
, and Windows RT 8.1
to help you monitor and set limits on your child's (standard user account) PC time, as well as the websites, apps, and games they can use (and when). Once setup, you can manage these parental control settings either locally on your PC, or from anywhere online at the Family Safety website
For more information about "Family Safety" in Windows 8, see:
Keeping your family safer with Windows 8 - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs