How to Limit Screen Time on Windows 10 and Xbox

by | Dec 7, 2019 | Windows

Afraid your child spends too much time in front of screens and devices? Find out here how to limit screen time on Windows 10 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 on Windows 10 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.

  4. Make sure Windows 10 or PC screen time limits is On under Device limits.

    Tip: For restricting Xbox use, enable Xbox One as well.
    Note: You can also have one screen time limit across all devices. To enable this, turn on Use one schedule for all devices. This will disable limits for individual categories.

  5. For each day, choose the number of hours of allowed screen time in front of a PC or Xbox respectively.

    Tip: To allow all time allotted on the timeline, select Max scheduled. For each day, choose the number of hours of allowed screen time in front of a PC or Xbox respectively

  6. Optionally, 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. then click Add.
    4. Click Save.

How to Limit Screen Time on Windows 10 and Xbox: FAQ

How much screen time is ideal for children?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following:

under 2no screen time
from 2 to 61 hour of screen time
6 and olderlimit 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 in front of a screen, for example.

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

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?

The limit 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, if you set time limits on Windows 10 and Xbox, they only apply to the time the child is logged on to a PC or Xbox with their own account.

(How to set time limits on Windows 10 and Xbox tested with Windows 10; updated December 2019; title image: StockUnlimited)