• Chethan Machaknur

Microsoft’s new Family Safety app offers parental controls across phones, PCs and Xbox


Microsoft’s  new screen time and parental controls app, Microsoft Family Safety, is launching publicly on iOS and Android, The app is designed to help parents better understand children’s use of screen time, set limits and create screen time schedules, configure boundaries around web access, and track family members’ location, among other things.


Family Safety displays an activity log of how screen time is being used by kids. It can track the hours spent on devices, including Windows computers, phones, and Xbox, as well as across websites and apps. It can also show the terms kids are searching for online.


Parents can set screen time limits that apply across devices — including Xbox. These limits can be narrowly configured to allow for access to educational apps that facilitate online learning, while limiting other types of screen time.

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