Microsoft recently announced a new feature coming to Windows 8 on the Windows 8 Development Blog.

This one is called Microsoft Family Safety.

The new security features will allow parents to restrict their kids activity on Windows 8.

Some examples:

  • SafeSearch: When web filtering is active, SafeSearch is locked into the “Strict” setting for popular search engines such as BingGoogle, and Yahoo. This will filter out adult text, images, and videos from your search results.
  • Time limits: With Windows 8, you now can restrict the number of hours per day your child can use their PC. For example, you might set a limit of one hour on school nights and two hours on weekends. This is in addition to the bedtime limits currently available in Windows 7.
  • Windows Store: Activity reports list the most recent Windows Store downloads, and you can set a game-rating level, which prevents your children from seeing apps in the Windows Store above a particular age rating.
  • Application and game restrictions: As in Windows 7, you can block specific applications and games or set an appropriate game rating level.

This is FANTASTIC news for Windows 8.

As a consumer and a parent, this is exactly the type of thing I would look for when deciding what tablet(s) the whole family is going to share.

Some video from Microsoft:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-wRXjrT0OI

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of EyeOnWindows.com, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. (www.learnabouttheweb.com) and The Redmond Cloud (https://www.theredmondcloud.com).

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  • Franktxp

    this family safety idea is very great………….