How-To Set Up A Child Account in Windows 10

How-To Set Up A Child Account in Windows 10

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How-To: Set Up a Child Account in Windows 10

We all know the internet can be a dangerous place and there are some things that our kids shouldn’t be looking at or accessing on our computers? So what is a safe way to give our kids a little freedom on the computer without having to worry? Set up a child account!

Are you aware that most children will see some kind of inappropriate content by the time they are 10 years old? With all this information available at our fingertips it’s easy for a kid to come across something they shouldn’t see. So to help you protect your children, we’re going to walk you through the steps of how to set up a child protected account on your computer.


On Windows 10, you can add multiple accounts to share a device with other family members. If you have children in the family, they can also have a personal space, but in a more controlled environment to make sure they have the safest experience possible while using apps, playing games — on Windows 10 or Xbox One — and browsing the internet.

It’s all possible using a child account, which once created, you can manage in a number of ways through the Family dashboard in your Microsoft account. Using these tools, you can review reports of your children’s online activities. Limit the time they can spend in front of Windows 10 devices, or the time they spend playing Xbox One games. You can restrict apps and games, and you have the ability to make sure they don’t end up visiting websites that aren’t suitable for them.

How to create a child account on Windows 10

If you want to create an account designed specifically for a young member of the family, do the following:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Accounts.
  3. Click on Family & other people.
  4. Under “Your family,” click the Add a family member button.Windows 10
  5. Select the Add a child option.
  6. Type the email address of the young person you want to add.

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  1. Quick Tip: If an email address is not available, click The person I want to add doesn’t have an email address link. Then use the wizard to create a Microsoft account.
  2. Click the Confirm button.

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  1. Click the Close button.

Once you’ve completed the steps, the new member will be able to sign-in immediately, but you won’t be able to control the account until they accept the invitation sent during the account creation process.

How to manage a child account on Windows 10

After accepting the invitation, you or another adult family member can take control of the account and view activity reports, limit computing and gaming time, set up limited rated content, apps, and games, and add funds to allow the young person to make small purchases in the Microsoft Store.

To start controlling the family member account, use the following steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Accounts.
  3. Click on Family & other people.
  4. Under “Your family,” click the Manage family settings online option.

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Alternatively, you can sign-in to your Microsoft account in your web browser, and open the Family tab.

While in the family dashboard, you can view activity reports and manage various aspects of the account.

If you’re struggling or need help with your Windows 10 account, give us a call today at 928-775-5475 or 928-445-6700!

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