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About the core family safety features of Xbox One

Xbox One safety features enable you to control what kinds of content each of your family members can access on Xbox One.

Safety features

Access to content

You can set content restrictions based on the content’s recommended age, which Xbox One uses to control the child’s access to specifically rated games, films, TV shows and music. By default, if the child is under 8 years of age, Access to content is set to “Off.”

To change the default setting for your child:

  1. Scroll left from Home to open the guide.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select All Settings.
  4. Under Account, select Family.
  5. Select the child account you want to update.
  6. Select Access to content.
  7. The content limits are unrestricted for all users over the age of 8. You can select preset age-appropriate limits by choosing your child’s age from the list. We’ll show you what the presets are for that age. You're not restricted by date of birth—you decide which maturity level is appropriate.

Web filtering

Web filtering allows parents to determine what kinds of websites their children can view in the Microsoft Edge app. These are the default settings by age group:

  • Young children: General interest
  • Child and teen accounts: Online communication

To change the default setting for your child:

  1. Scroll left from Home to open the guide.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select All Settings.
  4. Under Account, select Family.
  5. Select the account for the family member whose settings you want to change, and then select Web filtering. Choose the appropriate setting.

Note Web filtering settings on the Xbox One console are not transferable to other Microsoft services such as Windows 10. Settings for your Windows PC can be managed through the Microsoft Safety & Security Centre.

Purchase choices

Xbox One enables the parent to control what kinds of apps each child may download from the Xbox Store. The setting options are:

  • Blocked (none)
  • Free apps only
  • Free or paid apps

To change the default setting for your child:

  1. Press the Xbox button to return to the Home screen.
  2. Scroll left from Home to open the guide.
  3. Select All Settings.
  4. Under Account, select Family, select the account for the family member whose settings that you want to change, and then select Access to content.
  5. Change the Buy and download setting.

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