Microsoft Family Safety App Now Available in Limited Preview
Microsoft Family Safety App Now Available in Limited Preview on Android, iOS: All You Need to Know
The Microsoft Family Safety parental control app are started rolling out in limited preview for Android & iOS devices. These app is primarily designed for parents to the manage their kids' screen time and app usage. Microsoft Company first announced the development of the app back in March. These app essentially allows users to monitor their family's digital safety and track screen time across Android, Windows PCs, and Xbox. These are also features such as location sharing and notifications that can be useful to track the location of family members and receive alerts when they reach school or work.
Microsoft Company in a blog post also indicated that the Microsoft Family Safety app is not only useful during coronavirus lockdown - where users and their children are spending more time online - but that it will be further helpful once people go back to their normal lives.
Key Feature Family Safety
The key features of the Family Safety app is the "Activity reporting" its allows users, especially parents to the view and track screen time spent on Android, Windows, and Xbox apps by their children. The Top websites visited and search terms used will also be shared. In The Users will also receive a summary via email each week "to help facilitate a dialogue on healthy digital choices.In The Additionally, the app also allows users to set screen time across Android devices and Xbox
Now when you say only one hour of a certain game, its really means one hour of that game—whether that's being played on a Windows PC, Xbox, or Android phone. They run out of screen time, they can ask for more. Choice to add more time or not based on what is right for your family," Microsoft said in the blog post.
The key feature of the Family Safety app is the location sharing feature where users can track the whereabouts of their family members. The photos published on the blog post, it appears the app has an inbuilt map that provides the location information. Microsoft Company also indicated that during the time of coronavirus pandemic, this feature will have limited usage, however, it can be a great safety feature once people will start stepping outside. The Users will be able to save places like home, work, and school, to quickly identify where the child is.
Family Safety App Enable SafeSearch In Microsoft Edge
These Family Safety app users can also enable SafeSearch in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 & Xbox One, thereby adding search filters to block mature content and "set browsing to kid-friendly websites". These Users will also get a notification when their children want to download a "more mature app or game" with age limits from Microsoft or Xbox stores.
These app is available in preview form to limited Android and iOS users, with those who had already expressed interest in the app being reached out to by Microsoft.The Users can also sign up for testing the app by filling out a form. They expected that the Family Safety app will be widely available to download via Apple and Google app stores once these preview phase is over. Its mentioned, the app was announced to be development back in March.