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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 7. Adding your child’s Windows Live email address enables you to manage their contacts in Windows Live Hotmail, Messenger and Spaces. The ‘Time Limits’ option lets you specify which times of the day the PC can or cannot be used. Program and game restrictions let you block access to specific applications.

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Step 8. To monitor activity, sign into familysafety.live.com. Click ‘View activity report’ next to the desired account. You’ll be able to see which sites your child has attempted to access, and where Family Safety has curtailed their efforts. It displays dates, times and the number of times a child has visited each site.

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Step 9. Click the ‘Computer activity’ tab to monitor offline PC usage. Click the arrow below ‘Sessions’ to see which machine they used, how long they used it for and the date they logged on. Click the arrow below ‘Programs’ to display a list of the software they used; also see ‘File downloads’ and ‘Games’ for activity logs.

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Step 10. If your child visits a blocked site, Family Safety lets them request your permission for access via email or using Messenger. Email requests are sent to the Request section in Family Safety, where you can use a drop-down menu to either permit access or reaffirm your decision to block the site.

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

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