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Parental Control Features: Windows 8 To Give Weekly Activity Reports To Parents

Parental control within Windows 8 has a feature that can send weekly reports to parents about the child’s activities.

Windows 8 Steps Up Parental Control With Weekly Reporting Feature

Microsoft announced a new parental control feature earlier this week for its up coming Windows 8 operating system. This new feature allows parents to generate weekly reports on their child’s activities and it gets sent to them automatically.
This feature will be available on secondary accounts and will require no extra downloads, configurations or anything. When you are creating a secondary account for your child, you will see a checkbox that says "Is this a child’s account? Turn on Family Safety to get reports of their PC use.”

Check this box and you will be able to set it up in a few steps, guided by Windows. With multiple PCs in a household, it has been getting progressively harder to monitor what the child is doing online. And it is awkward for the child and the parent to be glancing over the child’s shoulder. This new feature makes it much easier for both parties thus. This report is much less intrusive and restrictive than traditional website filtering solutions and it enables the child/teenager to go about surfing the web more freely. In fact, it might make the child more responsible and encourage them to be more productive on the computer on their own.

But this does not mean restriction features are absent in this. If you find website that you do not approve of, you can easily block access to those sites by clicking a link on the email. The changes you make are stored on the cloud and applied all computers that are linked to your account and have ‘Family Safety’ activated. There are also standard parental controls where you can opt to allow only child-friendly websites or only general-interest websites or just block adult-sites. You can also allow all sites with a warning that a site might contain adult content. There’s also SafeSearch, time limits for online activities and filters for restricted apps on the Windows Store.

These features will be available on the Release Preview build of Windows 8 that is scheduled for an early June release.

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