Online safety for kids can be complicated, but Family Safety helps make it easier for you. Family Safety provides a website and a free program that you install on the PCs your kids use, so you can give them some independence but still keep tabs on their activities. Family Safety can also help keep your kids off websites you don’t want them looking at, and only let them talk to the people you’re okay with them talking to.
Windows 8 has a fun and colorful design that’s sure to appeal to youngsters. But with the entire internet at their disposal, how can you make sure your little ones stick to the straight and narrow? If you’re busy doing something else, how can you keep your kids safe while they’re using your PC?
Well Microsoft’s operating system lets you set up extra user accounts for anyone with access to the computer. You can restrict what each person can see, and where they can and can’t go. And if you’re going to leave the kids at the PC unsupervised, you’re highly recommended to ramp up the security settings.
Setting up user accounts isn’t difficult but nor is it obvious where to start. But don’t worry – we’ll walk you through everything you need to know to keep the young ones safe and sound.
1. GO TO PC SETTING
Select Settings and the Change PC settings option, followed by Accounts (on the left-hand side) then Other accounts. Click or tap Add an account.
2. CHOOSE ACCOUNT TYPE
Next you’ll have to decide whether your kids sign in with a local account or a Microsoft account.
Those with local accounts can’t download or install apps from the Windows Store. There are some other limitations, too.
Logging in with a Microsoft account gives more freedom, including being able to synchronize personal info and files across multiple PCs and devices.
If you’re setting up a child on your PC, then a local account is safest. We’ll explain later how to change account types but for now, click or tap the Sign in without a Microsoft account (not recommended) link and then click or tap the Local account button.
3. CHOOSE A USERNAME AND PASSWORD
Type a username into the User name field, then click or tap in the Password field to choose a password (if you want).
Click or tap the Reenter password field and re-type the chosen password to confirm it.
Then, move to the Password hint field and type in something that will remind you of the password, should you forget it. Click or tap Next.
4. CHOOSE ACCOUNT TYPE ONCE AGAIN
As well as local and Microsoft accounts, Windows 8 offers account types with different permissions levels.
The first account on a Windows PC is always an ‘Administrator’ account, meaning the account owner can do anything he or she wants in Windows.
Subsequent accounts are either ‘Standard’ or ‘Child’ accounts, both of which have more limited permissions .
To set up a child account now, tick Is this a child’s account? Turn on Family Safety to get reports of their PC use, then click or tap Finish. The account is now set up and ready to use.
If you made a mistake when creating an account or want to amend or delete an account type later on, return to the Accounts page (see Step 1), click or tap to select the relevant account, and then choose Edit.
5. APPLY PARENTAL CONTROL
Windows 8 has a built-in parental-controls tool called Family Safety. This monitors and/or restricts what children get up to using their child accounts.
The easiest way to launch Family Safety is to tap the Windows key to return to the Start screen then begin typing Family. When Family Safety appears in the results lists select it and the Family Safety dialog box will open.
Select the “Manage settings on the Family Safety web site” option and you may need to enter your own password here before you can select the account you want to review.
Use Web Filtering to restrict access to certain sites and set Time limits to determine when your child can use the PC. Game restrictions lets you set the ratings for apps and games they can download.
With Activity reporting you can also see a report of each child’s weekly activity, though this will be blank for a new account.
If more than one child uses the PC, just add a new child account for each one and repeat these steps.
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- 45% of young people experience bullying before the age of 18.
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- 39% have never told anybody that they are being bullied.
- 51% were not satisfied with the bullying support that they got from teachers.
- 63% of respondents with a physical disability were bullied, and were more extremely socially excluded.
- 30% have gone on to self-harm as a result of bullying.
- 83% said bullying had a negative impact on their self-esteem.
- 56% said bullying affected their studies.