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How to use Windows Live Family Safety

Protect your children on the family PC

We demonstrate parental controls with Windows Live Family Safety, free software that helps keep your children safe from the dangers of the web.

Step 3. Set up a ‘standard’ rather than ‘administrator’ account for each child, preventing clever kids from uninstalling or making changes to Family Safety. Click ‘Create a new standard Windows account’, give it a name and press ‘Create account’. Ensure the ‘Monitor account’ option is selected and hit Save.

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Step 4. To make changes to the default web-filtering and activity-monitoring settings now active on each account, visit familysafety.live.com. This is also where you need to head to monitor your child’s activity. You’ll be presented with a list of user accounts; simply click ‘Edit settings’ next to the account you want to change.

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Step 5. Click ‘Web filtering’ to specify which types of site should be blocked. The strictest setting, ‘Allow list only’, permits the child to visit only the sites you stipulate; the most lenient option is ‘Warn on adult’, which won’t restrict access to any site but warns you when they view suspected adult content.

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Step 6. To add websites to the ‘Allow list’, select ‘Web filtering lists’ and enter the site’s URL into the ‘http://’ field at the top of the window. Choose Allow or Block. Sites can be allowed or blocked across all user accounts or for an individual user. When you’ve finished, click Save.

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Also see: How to set up parental controls in Windows Media Center

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