Within a month of its release, Windows 10 was running on an estimated 75 million devices - a number it took Windows 8 several months to reach. Microsoft is encouraging its Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users to upgrade to Windows 10, and has made the upgrade free of charge for the time being.
Upgrading to Windows 10 is a great opportunity to reevaluate parental controls.
Any time you add a device, or upgrade an operating system you want to be sure that you are able to keep your children safe from encountering inappropriate online content. Windows 10 has strong built in parental controls, but are Windows 10 parental controls right for your particular family? It's important to know what controls are offered so you'll know if they're the best choice for keeping your children protected online.
What Do Windows 10 Parental Controls Include?
When you set up a Windows 10 account for your child, it must be confirmed through an attached email address before parental controls go into effect. Just setting up an account for your child isn't enough. Once set up and confirmed, your child's account can be made to send you activity and email reports if you choose to have them. You can also allow Windows 10 to "block inappropriate websites" or you can create a "whitelist" of sites that are the only ones the child is allowed to access. You can explicitly block specific websites also. You can limit your child's access to games to those appropriate for his or her age or explicitly allow and block designated games. Finally, you can schedule when your child is allowed online and for how long.
Are Windows 10 Parental Controls Right for Your Family?
Some families may find that the parental controls included with Windows 10 work well with their family rules and don't use other parental control software. Other families, however, may find the built-in parental controls to be too strict or too lax. If you have children of different ages, you'll probably want to customize parental controls to be stricter with younger children and looser with older children. Some parents feel that the email and activity notifications from Windows 10 are too intrusive, particularly for adolescents who may seek information on personal problems online. It's important that you know what you want each child to be able to do online so you can set protections accordingly.
How Windows 10 Parental Controls Fall Short
Windows 10 parental controls do not apply to your Android or iOS devices.
The main way that Windows 10 parental controls fall short is that they don't apply to mobile devices and associated apps. Your child's phone or tablet probably runs iOS or Android, and the parental controls you enable in Windows 10 settings don't apply to these other operating systems. You'll either want to set up custom parental controls on your Android devices and then do the same for your iOS devices separately, or invest in a comprehensive parental control suite that lets you work across devices and operating systems for convenience.
Most Parents Want to Customize Parental Controls for Each Child
Ideally, you want each child to have customized parental controls on each device they use. But clearly, this can become a complicated endeavor, because setting up controls on each operating system, or each app for each device can be time-consuming, plus it's easy to lose track of the settings you installed. But when you have a single, comprehensive software solution that lets you work across devices and operating systems and customize rules for each child, it's far easier to keep up. Familoop Safeguard provides exactly this functionality, and lets parents monitor their children's online and mobile activities from a convenient central dashboard. You can even install a locator app on your children's phones so you can learn where they are at any time.
Windows 10 takes child online safety seriously, and that's good, but the Windows 10 parental controls may not be right for your family. Most parents want to monitor their children's mobile device use as well as home computer use, and you can't do this with Microsoft account. Familoop Safeguard, however allows you to do all this from a single interface, across all the devices your children use. It's simple, comprehensive, and can be customized to fit your unique household rules.
Besides, Microsoft can’t give you an actionable insight into your children online activity without giving you everything Windows 10 parental controls logged, and everything is too much. Familoop Safeguard's powerful online dashboards will always keep you on top of your kid’s interests without undue details and instantly notifies you about issues that need your attention.
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