You can secure Windows and the Internet for a kid: find out below how to set up a Windows account for a child and restrict what they can access as well as specify the times when the child 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 Account for a Child

To add a new kid account to Windows and let them 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 people 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.
      • 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:
    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 @outlook.com).
    3. Now enter a desired password over Password.
      • The child can always change their password, of course.
    4. Choose the country.
    5. Select the child’s birthday.
    6. Click Next.
    7. Enter a phone number.
      • You can also choose a secondary email address; click Add an alternate email instead.
    8. Click Next.
    9. Typically, for a child, uncheck both linking the account to advertising and Microsoft newsletters.
    10. Click Next.
    11. Close the Microsoft account window.

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 account for a child updated December 2017; tested with Windows 10; title image: StockUnlimited)