Parental control has become widely used by parents. With so much content, good and bad circulating out there, children are faced with the problem of which content to take in. However with parental controls, you are sure of what kind of content your children take in. in this guide, we would see how to set up parental control on your Xbox. Read through if you want to find out.
What are parental controls?
Parental controls are the names for a group of settings that put you in control of what content your child can see. Combined with privacy settings, these can help you protect your children from inappropriate content, online grooming, cyberbullying, and other online safety issues.
Reasons to get parental controls
Parental controls help monitor your kids’ devices
While your kids are learning to be good online citizens and make friends online, you can do your part by keeping tabs on their iPads, iPhones, and other devices. Check your app store for options. Parental control apps can help you monitor emails, social media profiles, texts, and other mobile functions.
This help when you’re especially concerned about problematic conversations or activities. For example, some apps notify you when it detects certain words such as “drugs.” It’s best if you let your kids know when you’re monitoring their devices, especially since you’ll need your kid’s account information, including passwords, for some of the features.
Parental controls can block certain features of games your kids can access
Many gaming consoles come with internet access that allows your kids to surf the web, make in-app purchases, and talk with other players. While these features can make the games more fun, you might not want your kid using credit cards connected to the account or talking with strangers.
Parental controls let you set up user profiles where your kids can only access certain features or allow you to monitor what they’re doing while using the game.
Parental controls may allow you to track your kids’ location
GPS apps can help your whole family track each other’s locations. This help indicates your kids are safe — and where they’re supposed to be — and helps you find them in emergencies.
Typically, your phones will need to be turned on for the GPS tracking or location feature to work. However, it’s still a good idea to talk with your children about safety measures. Ask them to avoid tagging or posting their location on social networks — in case strangers can access the information — and help them set up privacy settings.
Parental controls help establish good cyber safety habits
Cybercrime is a multibillion-dollar industry, and cybercriminals often prey on people’s poor cyber habits.
A child’s brain is constantly developing and learning new things. In their quest to know more, they may inadvertently engage in risky online behavior, like disclosing too much information, such as their school name or date of birth. This could mean compromising their own safety, as well as the safety of others.
Parental controls can set screen time limits
Screen time can be addictive. It can mesmerize an adult into spending hours glued to a device while they are mentally detached from their physical surroundings. Compared to an adult, a child may have a tougher time breaking free from their favorite show or game.
Excessive screen time for kids can result in bad posture, poor eyesight, inadequate sleep, and lack of physical activity. Parents might consider trying to enforce a healthy lifestyle by limiting screen time for their children and themselves.
Parental control features can help set boundaries by setting time limits on the types of media children engage with and for how long. Designate a media-free time and initiate activities like taking a walk, driving around, or playing a game.
Parental controls can help defend the online reputation
Kids flood the internet with social media posts and pictures from weekends and vacations. Many of these innocent posts go unnoticed. But a Google search is often all it takes to make a quick assessment of a person based on what they’ve shared online.
Many colleges and companies perform searches on public social media pages to find information about potential candidates online. These organizations may decide whether to accept or hire a person partially based on what is found there.
Consider monitoring social media by checking the security and privacy settings on each of your child’s accounts. Most sites will allow you to control who sees your posts, and if not, they usually have the option for you to make an account private.
Parental controls can help back up data
Children sometimes use the internet to complete school projects and homework. It’s very important to back up their data in a safe and reliable place.
Teach children the importance of saving and storing data. Many free software programs are available online that offer storage services. But some of them could possibly be infected with malware and viruses.
Kids also have a collection of memories in the form of photos, texts, and emails that they want to save for the future. Backup is important. Phones fall in the water, they break, they get lost or stolen, or they simply die a natural death. Make sure you protect their digital memories with a secure backup.
Parental controls can teach cyber etiquette
Proper decision-making is a cognitive skill that develops alongside positive parenting techniques. Help your child navigate the digital landscape with the same etiquette you would expect from them in the real world. Instill in them the value of good behavior, both offline and online.
Explain to young people the consequences of cyberbullying, owning and distributing pornographic material, and unethical hacking. Let them know that there are laws that protect victims of such crimes.
Parental controls should be customizable
Blocking content, tracking whereabouts, and setting screen time limits can be great for the whole family. But not every family member needs this level of control, or at least not all of the time.
Many parental control functions allow you to set up different profiles so each family member can access online content that is a level appropriate to them.
How to set up parental controls on Xbox Series X or S consoles
- If you simply want to prevent a child (or any other user) from racking up a bill on your credit or debit card, you can stop them from buying games on the Microsoft Store. This method will also prevent others from changing your settings, signing into your account, or launching Microsoft Edge. Here’s how it’s done.
- Press the Xbox Guide button in the center of your Xbox controller and navigate to the Profile & System tab at the top of the side menu.
- Now select Settings from the menu.
- Click on Account, which will display a range of options on the right side of the screen.
- Navigate over to those options and select Family settings.
- Enter your PIN or passkey, then select My sign-in, security & PIN.
- Click Change my sign-in & security preferences.
- The simplest way to prevent purchases and stop people from making changes to your account or using Microsoft Edge is to select Ask for my PIN. So long as another user doesn’t know your PIN, they won’t be able to buy things.
- But if you select Customized, then you can tailor the preferences to your preferences. For example, you could simply ensure a PIN is needed before settings can be changed or if someone wants to make a purchase, while still allowing users to freely sign in.
Add age, spending, and multiplayer restrictions for your Xbox Series X or S console
- To go deeper and add more parental controls on your Xbox Series X or S console, you should use the Xbox Family Settings app. You can download that app from Google Play(opens in a new tab) on an Android device or from the App Store(opens in a new tab) on an Apple device.
- Launch the Xbox Family Settings app and tap Sign In. Enter the Microsoft/Xbox account details that are associated with your Xbox Series X or S console.
- Select Let’s Go when prompted and then tap Add Child.
- Tap create a new account for your child or tap add existing account if you’ve already done so.
- The app will take you through a few key settings for the child you’ve added such as age restrictions. You can tap on the suggested age and select a different one. Tap Next to move on.
- Now you can select who a child is able to communicate with: Everyone, Friends Only, or No-one. The latter two settings are more secure. Tap Next to move on.
- Pick if you want a child to be able to play multiplayer games — there is a risk here that a child can end up communicating with strangers so you may want to tap Block. Tap Next to move on.
- You can always come back to the settings and make use of even more controls. Simply tap the profile of the child you’ve added from the main screen in the Xbox Family Settings app. This will take you to an overview of their account and preferences. Tap the Settings icon.
- Work your way down the list, looking at the current settings and deciding if you want to tap a preference to change it. For example, you could tap Approval required under Multiplayer to alter the setting to something less restrictive at any point.
Implement Parental Controls With Your Kids
Parental controls are a tricky subject but don’t stray away from them just to avoid conflict with your children. Despite what you may think, even teens want to avoid online dangers — so it’s possible to protect your kids without causing at-home rebellion.
While it’s not fail-proof, experts suggest a four-step method to make the process easier. The key is to create an open conversation space, where you and your kids can express concerns and reservations. Compromise also reduces the possibility of your child completely going against you, but decide which areas have the leeway and what’s non-negotiable.
Also, keep a vigilant eye on the parental settings you apply. The digital space constantly evolves, so you may have to add or take away some controls every now and then. Also remember these tools, while helpful, can’t substitute your watchful eye as a parent.
To conclude, parental controls on your Xbox device are important for your kids. We have provided a step-by-step guide to help you set it up.