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Preview Now Available For Microsoft’s New Family Safety App

By May 22, 2020May 5th, 2022Technology News

Family safety features have been a part of the Windows 10 experience since its release, and those tools were made available on the Xbox in tandem with the release of Windows 10. You may, in fact, already be using them on your home computer and your Xbox.

Unfortunately, similar protections were simply unavailable from Microsoft for users of Android or iOS devices, until now.

Recently, Microsoft unveiled their new Family Safety App, available for both Android and iOS users. The new app is currently in limited preview mode for anyone who wants to check it out, and will be more broadly available in the weeks to come.

Here’s a quick preview of what it can do for you:

  • Create Safe Surfing Spaces For Your Kids: If you don’t want your children to even accidentally view adult content, you can enable age-based filters to create a subset of kid friendly content that will define your child’s web surfing experience on mobile devices.
  • Web Tracking Protocols: You can also access a summary of how much time your children are spending online, which websites they most frequently visit, and what search terms they’re entering. In addition to that, you can set the app up to send you a notification when one of your children tries to download a more mature game or app from the Microsoft Store.
  • Location Tracking: In addition to monitoring their web activity, the app enables parents to track the location of their children.
  • Setting Limits: Finally, the app allows you to set usage limits for your children, so if you only want them to be able to access the web for 3 hours a day, you can make that happen. Once they use their allotted time, they’re cut off.

It’s a great app, and incredibly useful because it gives you one less thing to worry about where your children are concerned. Download it today and give it a test drive.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.