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How to Limit Screen Time for Children on Windows and Xbox

How to Limit Screen Time for Children on Windows and Xbox

Afraid your child spends too much time in front of screens and devices? Find out below how to limit screen time for children on Windows and Xbox.

First, the Paper-Trading Dolphins

of Mississippi’s Institute for Marine Mammal Studies are a smart bunch.

The dolphins get fish in exchange for human litter. Kelly, one of the dolphins, has realized that a small piece of paper nets the same amount of fish as a big one. So, she hides larger sheets and leaflets to trade them in piece by small torn-off piece.

Need something to trade with your kids? They are a smart bunch after all…

How to Limit Screen Time for Children on Windows and Xbox

To limit the time a child can use a PC or Xbox with his or her account:

  1. Make sure you have set up a Windows account for the child.
  2. Open Your Family settings for your Microsoft account in a browser.
  3. Under Family members, click or tap Screen time for the child whose screen time you want to restrict.
  4. Make sure PC screen time limits is On under PC screen time.
    • For restricting Xbox time, enable Xbox screen time limits under Xbox screen time
  5. For each day, choose the number of hours of allowed screen time in front of a PC or Xbox respectively under Hours allowed.
    1. To allow all times that are allowed on the timeline, select Max scheduled.
  6. Optionally, to change when the screen time can occur:
    1. Click the timeline for the day.
    2. To remove an allowed time, click Remove.
    3. To add an allowed time, pick the start and end times under From and To. and click Add.
    4. Click Save.

How to Limit Screen Time for Children on Windows and Xbox: FAQ

How much screen time is ideal for children?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following:

  • children under 2: 0 screen time
  • children from 2 to 6: 1 hour of screen time
  • children of 6 years and older: limit screen time so that other activities (especially social contact outside electronic media, physical play, sports and sleep) do not lose their space. Depending on the kid’s schedule, that could mean some 3–4 hours of screen time, for example.

Will the total screen time be that of PC and Xbox screen time added?

Yes, the child has both Xbox and PC screen time and can use both. If you restrict both to, say, the same 2 hours per day, they have to choose, though, and get only 2 hours total, not 4.

Is screen time per device or per category?

Screen time is per category. The child does not get to use the same allotted time twice on two PCs, for example.

Will screen time on other devices (or with somebody else logged on) be counted?

No, the restriction only applies to the time the child is logged on to a PC or Xbox with their own account.

(How to limit screen time for children on Windows and Xbox tested with Windows 10; updated January 2018; title image: StockUnlimited)

Heinz Tschabitscher

Heinz Tschabitscher

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