Microsoft launches Family Safety app
Microsoft rolls out a Family Safety app that allows family members to track the online activities of their children.
Parents may view a weekly activity report that shows their child’s digital activity, including the time spent on the connected devices and websites and content they have viewed.
They may also set app and game screen time limits, filter web searches, and block adult content to promote a safe and healthy online environment to minors. However, the latter only works with the Microsoft Edge browser on Windows, Xbox, and Android devices.
To avoid accidental app purchases, parents are notified of any purchase request made by their children. They may also see the last location of their loved ones through the app, provided that they have downloaded it. The app also allows users to save locations, block or unblock specific apps, updates the app’s layout for users with low vision users and provided additional context for screen reader users, more time options for parents for responding requests for screen time, and location clustering to see when multiple family members are at the same location.
Under the Microsoft 365 Family subscription, the company will add two new premium features: Drive Safety to help to build better habits behind the wheel with insights on driving behavior and Location Alerts to notify when a family member arrives or departs a specific location. The former will be available in the US, UK, Australia, and Canada.
It will also bring the set screen time and content filter features of the Microsoft Family Safety app on iOS devices.