How to enable or disable Family safety in Windows 8
The Internet is not only home to viruses and spyware, but also a place full of inappropriate content that can harm your child. Until your children are old enough to understand the risks of use of the Internet, you can use the «Family safety», which offers all the necessary tools to protect the child from «bad» sites, and even to set limits on the use of the computer. This article will tell you what is required to enable «Family safety», how to activate it on Windows 8 and how to disable when it is no longer needed.
You need to activate Family safety in Windows 8
In order to activate and get the most out of this feature, you (as the parent) need a Microsoft account with administrator privileges. The account of your child, on the contrary, should be standard. His/her account may be Microsoft or a local account. If you do not know, than differ among themselves, these accounts, read our article: «what is the difference between Microsoft account and local account in Windows 8».
If you are not sure that you have the necessary account, you can check this in «control Panel». Open «control Panel» -> user Accounts and Family safety» -> «user Accounts».
You will see many references to the sections account settings. Right under your account name should be the word «Administrator». If you, as a parent, have a standard account, you must elevate your privileges. Select your account and click «Change account type».
Then you will need to enter the administrator password. Then select «Administrator» and click «Change account type».
As mentioned above, you should make sure that the account your child is standard, because when you try to enable «Family safety» administrator, you will receive the following message: «family safety can’t monitor an administrator account».
You can change the account your child to standard by clicking on the «Yes»button.
How to activate Family safety in Windows 8 to a new account
If you haven’t created an account for your child, create it. When you create an account at the last step make sure you checked the option «This account is your child?». This is the most effective and easiest method to run Family safety.
Again, I note that the account your child can be a local or Microsoft account, and parents need to use a Microsoft account with administrator privileges – this will allow you to fully use the service.
How to activate Family safety in Windows 8 for an existing account
If your child already has an account on the computer, you can activate «Family safety» from the «control Panel». The easiest way to get to the desired section: open start screen, enter the word «Family» under the search box, select «Settings» and in the search results, click on the appropriate option.
In the opened window click in the list on account of your child.
Then enable the service. Now on this page, you can configure other security features for the account of your child.
At the bottom of the window you will see a list of available functions in the «Family safety». You can specify which sites the child can visit and what not. Moreover, you can set time limits, and choose apps and games that the child is allowed to run and which are not.
All of these filters we will consider in detail in the following articles.
How to disable Family safety in Windows 8
To disable, open the window Family safety. To do this, use the method mentioned earlier in this article. Then select the account of your child.
In the upper part of the window activate the option «Off». Now the child can use the computer without any restrictions or control on your part.
As you can see, a component of the Family safety provides a powerful option to control a child’s account. Without the need to install third-party programs, parents can enable web filters to block unwanted programs and games, and even set the number of hours of daily stay of the child at the computer. So you no longer have to look over the shoulder of the child every time he would sit on the Internet.