How to Set Up a Windows 10 Account for a Child

by | Feb 3, 2020 | Windows

You can secure Windows and the Internet for a kid: find out here how to set up Windows 10 accounts for children and restrict what they can access as well as specify the times when they can use the computer.

First, Poison Ivy-Wrapping

Cashews, by nature, come wrapped in poison ivy: part of the same plant family, the cashew nut’s shell also contain anacardic acids, the strong irritants that cause the unwelcome skin reactions at poison ivy’s touch.

This is why cashews (which themselves are free of the poison) are sold shelled.

Now, Windows and the Internet’s good bits are free themselves of poisonous content and sites; but there are irritating shells! To kids, you can serve them shelled:

How to Set Up a Windows 10 Account for a Child

Time needed: 10 minutes.

To add a new Windows 10 child account and let a kid use your PC or device in a controlled manner:

  1. Open the Start menu in Windows.

  2. Select Settings from the menu.

  3. Open the Accounts category.

  4. Now go to the Family & other users category.

  5. Click Add a family member under Your family.

  6. Under Add a child or an adult?, make sure Add a child is selected.

  7. Type the kid’s email address over Enter their email address.

    Note: Every person using Windows using their own account needs to have an email address. If you have not yet crated an email address for your kid, you can do so right in Windows. (Continue below.)

  8. Click Next.

  9. Now click Confirm.

  10. Click Next.

  11. Close the Microsoft account window.

Create an Email Account Right in Windows

To set up a new email address right when you create a child account in Windows 10:

  1. Click The person I want to add doesn’t have an email address.
  2. Type the user name part of the new email address over New email (in front of
    Tip: You can choose between “” and “” using the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Now enter a desired password over Create password.
    Note: The child can always change their password, of course.
  5. Typically, for a child, uncheck I would like information, tips, and offers about Microsoft products and services.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Type the child’s first and last name over First name and Last name respectively.
  8. Click Next.
  9. Choose the country as well as the birthday.
  10. Click Next again.
  11. Now click Close.

How to Set Up a Windows 10 Child Account: FAQ

What is special about a Windows account for a child?

By default, the child’s account will be restricted in key areas:

  • Popular browsers other than Microsoft Edge (including Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox) will be blocked.
  • In Microsoft Edge, adult sites will be blocked and safe search always enforced.
  • Apps, videos, books and anything else with content restrictions in Windows will be allowed only with an age-appropriate level.
  • Children need approval to purchase in the Microsoft Store.

In addition to these restrictions, you can make sure the child only uses devices (including PCs and Xboxes) during certain times.

(How to set up a Windows 10 child account tested with Windows 10; updated February 2020; title image: StockUnlimited)