Setting up a Windows 10 PC for a minor
No one learns to ride a bike overnight. From a very young age, we started with a bicycle according to our size and, normally, with two rear wheels. Over time, we acquired a two-wheeled bicycle with casters, one or two, which will help us not to face the ground. Sooner or later, the two wheels go to one and, in the end, we ride a bicycle with such ease that with the two wheels by default we are enough.
There are always exceptions, of course. In any case, serve this simile to equate access to computers by the smallest of the house. And it is not the same one age as another. Besides, today we must bear in mind that our Windows PC is connected to the Internet and has access to endless content.
So, let's see some steps that we should take if we want to prepare our Windows 10 PC for a minor.
Create a family group
The main recommendation that Microsoft gives us if we are going to configure a computer for a minor, is to create a family group. It will allow us to take precautionary measures with Windows 10, Xbox One or Android devices with Microsoft Launcher.
To do this we must open this link in any browser and log in with our Microsoft account. Then we will click on Add a family member as many times as necessary and select the Minor or Adult option. Besides, we will have to indicate an email address or a mobile phone number associated with the account. Finally, we click on Send invitation.
Associating the Microsoft accounts of our children we can handle several options, such as adding money to buy games and applications in Windows 10 and Xbox One stores, control the time they spend in front of the screen, restrict content, etc.
And if they have an Android smartphone with Microsoft Launcher installed, we can locate them on the map if we don't know where they are.
In short, we can configure all these options and customize them from our connected computer or device to run on the computer associated with the child's account, which must be logged on.Let's see what each section consists of.
If we activate the Activity Report, we will obtain by email a weekly summary of our child's activity on Windows 10, Xbox One and Android devices with Microsoft Launcher.
Although the idea is to agree on limits between parents and children, it is not always possible to reach a figure that both parties like. Be that as it may, from our Microsoft account we can limit the usage time of the Windows 10 PC and the Xbox One.
From Device Limits, it is possible to configure the usage time of each device. The limits are very specific, being able to configure from Sunday to Saturday and by time slots. We just have to click on the Maximum programmed drop-down or click on the hours on the chart on the right.
And if we want to configure several days at a time, just click on Add time to several days. So we can match the available time from Monday to Friday, for example.
This section will solve many problems in the future. First, it allows us to limit our child's purchases, so you will need our approval for it unless the money in your account comes from a gift card or is in your account. We can also receive a notification if you make a purchase.
It is also possible to block inappropriate applications, games and multimedia content on both Windows 10 and Xbox One. For this, it allows establishing an age limit of 3 to 20 years.
Third, we can limit the content visible in Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer. The blocking is automatic, although it includes a white list for websites that we want to allow and a blacklist for the content we want to block, even if it is not included in the automatic blocking.
Instead of associating a credit card with your child's account, something that can cause many problems at the end of the month, it is preferable to use that section, where you can add money to the account associated with your child simply by clicking on Add money.
In this section, you will also see a purchase history. And if you need more information, you can enable notifications in the Content Restrictions section we've seen before.spend