What You Need to Know about Windows Phone Parental Controls

By Gary J. Fowler | Jul 04, 2018 02:03 pm

One of the biggest concerns of the 21st century is children safety while using smartphones. Many research analysis show that on daily basis the usage of smart gadgets like smartphones (iPhone, Android, Windows), tablets and PC/laptop, by children ascends significantly. Considering that children are not able to decide what kind of games and internet is healthy for them, the parental controls that the smart gadgets provide are the best solution for this situation. The excessive use can cause serious problems from health to social issues at a young age, so preventing this is a must.

Most of the phones come with a parental control feature that parents can use to monitor all the apps on their phones. The Windows phone provides special package of Windows Parental Controls, embedded in the phone, that provide all-time monitoring of the apps that are used by children.

The accent of this article is exploring further on the advantages that Windows phone parental controls offer and how the features on the Windows phone can provide higher safety for children.

1.  Microsoft's Family Safety

Microsoft's Family Safety feature gives parents the ability to setup accounts that provide limitations set by the parents and allow children to play with and use only what the parents allow. This safety feature gives you the ability to check the activities and get reports of the usage on the smart gadget that the child is using.

By using this feature on the Windows phone, you can limit the access that the child has over choosing apps for downloading. There are several categories that you can allow, for example age appropriate games or free games. Apart from download limitations, by using Microsoft's personal voice assistant Cortana you can limit the internet access and set it age appropriate.


2.  My Family

Another very useful and practical feature that the Windows phone provides is the “My Family” feature. By using this feature, obligations like paying bills, having all-time overview on the children’s phone activity and much more, is easily available. The only obligatory segment of this amazing feature is the usage of only Windows phones.

Essential information about the My Family feature:

  • If you are a citizen of the USA and you’re a parent of a child younger than 13 years old, you are obliged to pay a small fee for using this feature on your Windows phone.

  • By accepting the terms of use, you can control Xbox games on the child’s phone, but only from the Xbox website.

  • The child's smartphone must have at least software Windows 8 because the My Family feature is supported only for versions not older than Windows Phone 8.

  • For opening a parent and child account, you will need to use a Microsoft account. For you to open a parent and children account, you will need to open it using the Microsoft account.


3. How To Set Up Parental Controls On Windows Phone

There are a few steps you need to follow in order for you to enjoy the full benefits of the windows phone parental control app.

Step  1: Go to your Home screen and slide your finger from right to left across the display to view the Start menu. Go to Settings then click continue.

Step  2: In your main setting menu scroll to Kid's corner then click it to view the Kid's corner settings page.


Step  3: Read the description of the Kids corner then click Next at the bottom of the page to activate and display options for games,  music, videos, and apps. Select only the options you want your child to have access to.

Step  4: Select the sections one by one that you want to make changes to and tick the options you want to enable. Then click on the tick button at the bottom of the page to save the changes then return to the Kid's corner settings page.


Step  5: After you have completed choosing click Next at the bottom of the page. You will be asked to set a password with an option to skip but it is recommended to set one for security reasons then click Done to continue.

Step  6: Click Finish to complete the Kid's corner setup. Now you can launch your Kid's corner from your lock screen by dragging your finger right to left till the Kid's corner image appears then slide your finger up to view all the options you selected on your kid's phone for your child to use.

Being able to control children’s phones is a great benefit in this age of technology and the dangers that are in every corner no matter how harmless the appear. The Windows phone gives you the security and protection you need to have for your child as well as for yourself. Some restrictions that are available on Windows phones by the features mentioned before, are just what is needed for children to be safe and carefree using Windows phones, playing games on them and surfing the web safely.

Note: The tools introduced in this post shall be used only with the aim of parental control. Please read the End User License Agreement (EULA) carefully before downloading or installing the software. MoniMaster takes no responsibility for any illegal use of this tool.