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Xbox 360 online safety and privacy settings

Privacy settings for adult and child accounts

Change Xbox 360 online safety and privacy settings for yourself or a child on Xbox.com

You can change the online safety and privacy settings for any profile on your console. Here’s how:

Change your safety and privacy settings

  1. Go to the My Account page.
  2. In the upper-right corner, tap or click Sign In to sign in to your Microsoft account.
  3. Tap or click Security, family & forums, and then Privacy settings.
  4. Tap or click one of the links under “Access to content” or “Privacy & online safety,” depending on which area you want to update.
  5. Tap or click your gamertag and change the privacy and safety settings to your preferences.

Change a child’s safety and privacy settings

Note Children and teens are restricted from making changes to their own privacy and online safety settings. These must be done by a parent.

  1. Go to the My Account page.
  2. In the upper-right corner, tap or click Sign In to sign in to your Microsoft account.
  3. Tap or click Security, family & forums, and then Privacy settings.
  4. Tap or click one of the links under “Access to content” or “Privacy & online safety,” depending on which area you want to update.
  5. Tap or click the gamertag of the child account you’re updating, and then change the privacy and safety settings to your preferences.

Disable Internet browsing on Xbox for a child account

For information about how to disable access to Internet Explorer on your Xbox 360 console, see Restrict websites in Internet Explorer on Xbox 360.

Default online safety and privacy settings in Xbox 360

Default values for online safety and privacy settings are based on the birthdate you entered when you created your account or a child’s account.

The following table shows the default settings for each age group:

 

Adult

Teen

Child

Activity settings

Online Gameplay

N/A

Allowed

Allowed

Accept Friend Requests

N/A

Blocked

Blocked

Purchasing

N/A

Blocked

Blocked

Voice and Text

Everyone

Friends Only

Friends Only

Video Communication

Friends Only

Friends Only

Blocked

Web Browsing

Allowed

Allowed

Blocked

Privacy settings

Profile Sharing

Friends Only

Friends Only

Blocked

Kinect Sharing

Friends Only

Friends Only

Blocked

Social Network Sharing

Allowed

Blocked

Blocked

Game Activity

Everyone

Friends Only

Blocked

Online Status

Everyone

Friends Only

Friends Only

Video and Music Status

None

None

None

Friends List

Everyone

Friends Only

Blocked

Voice Data Collection

Blocked

Blocked

Blocked

Voice Search Data

Not Set

Not Set

Not Set

Exercise Info Sharing

Offline

Offline*

Offline*

Content settings

Filtering

Standard

Standard

Family

Profile Viewing

Everyone

Friends Only

Blocked

Member Content

Everyone

Friends Only

Blocked

Explicit Music

Allowed

Blocked

Blocked

Opt-in settings

Xbox Marketing

Opt Out

Opt Out

Opt Out

Partner Marketing

Opt Out

Opt Out

Opt Out

*Minors can’t select “Everyone” when sharing Exercise Info.

Activity settings

The following table describes the Xbox Live activity settings you can control:

This setting...

Controls a player's ability to...

Options

Online Gameplay

Decide whether or not a child can connect to Xbox Live and play games with other Xbox Live players, including friends.
Only child accounts have this setting.

  • Allowed
  • Blocked

Accept Friend Requests
If set to Blocked, the adult account must approve all friend requests.

Decide whether or not a child can accept Xbox Live friend requests without parental approval. Friend requests act like a contact list and also change what information can be seen on Xbox Live.
Only child accounts have this setting.

  • Allowed
  • Blocked

Purchasing

Decide whether or not a child can purchase items on Xbox Live, such as arcade games, game add-ons and other items.
Only child accounts have this setting.

  • Allowed
  • Blocked

Voice and Text

Decide who to communicate with using voice, text and game invites.

  • Everyone
  • Friends Only
  • Blocked

Video Communication

Decide who to interact with using video on Xbox Live. Includes Video Kinect and in-game video chat.

  • Everyone
  • Friends Only
  • Blocked

Web Browsing

Decide if launching Internet Explorer and having access to web browsing through your console is allowed.

  • Allowed
  • Blocked

Privacy settings

The following table describes the privacy settings you can control:

This setting...

Controls...

Options

Profile Sharing

Who can see your Xbox Live profile—including personal information, game history and achievements.

  • Everyone
  • Friends Only
  • Blocked

Kinect Sharing

Whether or not you can upload photos and videos that you take while playing Kinect games to websites or services such as KinectShare.com. You can download, print, and share photos you upload to KinectShare.com. Learn how to share or delete in-game photos and videos.

  • Allowed
  • Blocked

Social Network Sharing

Whether or not the profile can post to social networks such as Facebook.

  • Allowed
  • Blocked

Game History

Who can see your game history and achievements.

  • Everyone
  • Friends Only
  • Blocked

Online Status

Who can see what game or application you’re currently playing or using.

  • Everyone

Video Status

Who can see the title of the video you’re viewing while connected to Xbox Live.

  • Everyone
  • Friends Only
  • Blocked

Friends List

Who can see your friends list.

  • Everyone
  • Friends Only
  • Blocked

Voice Data Collection

Whether Microsoft can collect samples of voice commands spoken when using Kinect. This information is used to help improve Microsoft speech recognition.

  • Allowed
  • Blocked

Exercise Info Sharing

Whether and how your exercise info is shared on Xbox Live between everyone, your friends, no one, or not stored on Xbox Live at all.

Minors can’t select “Everyone” when sharing Exercise Info.

  • Everyone
  • Friends Only
  • Private
  • Offline

Content settings

The following table describes the online content settings you can control. If you want to control which games can be played and what content can be watched, please see Xbox 360 console parental controls.

This setting...

Controls whether the account...

Family Dashboard

Can see the standard Xbox Dashboard or the Family Dashboard with family Xbox Live programming.

Profile Viewing

Can see other people's profiles. A profile includes information about a member's game history and achievements. It can also contain a gamer's motto and personal information that might be inappropriate for children.

Member Content

Can see member-created content on Xbox Live. Member content includes images, text, and custom content in games, which might be inappropriate for children.

Explicit Music

Can play explicit music and music videos on your console and Zune.

Opt-in options

The following table describes marketing settings you can control:

Xbox Marketing

Get insider information, including news on games, latest releases, downloadable demos, videos and other rewards and promotions.

Partner Marketing

Decide whether you want to share your information with our third-party partners (such as game publishers) so they can communicate with you about their products.

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