The internet is a great place for our children to learn, have fun and expand their horizons in ways we could have only dreamt of. But, just as in real life, there can be risk where you least expect it.
Whether it's trying to block inappropriate content, or to help in making sure your children can't be contacted by strangers - navigating the online world can often seem bewildering.
So whilst you can't always be there to protect your children, you can talk to them, teach them and set boundaries so that you are confident that no matter where you are, your child has the tools to get the very best the internet has to offer.
You don't need to become a tech whiz to make sure your child's online experience is safer, fun and more secure, giving you peace of mind and more importantly for them, protection and guidance.
There are two ways of engaging with the safer families initiative. Firstly, you can visit the Related Pages through the links on the right of this page, where you can watch the videos and learn how to help protect your own family online.
Get Help Online
Firstly, you can visit the Related Pages through the links on the right of this page, where you can watch videos and learn how to help protect your own family online. As an example, how to set up family safety settings on your device and detailing information about how to set up “Kids Corner” on your Windows Phone.
Microsoft Safer Families Workshops
Secondly, you can arrange for a Microsoft Safer Families Advisor to visit your place of work and deliver a 30-minute workshop on online safety. The workshop will engage your employees in a discussion around online safety and help guide you through how you can implement online safety measures within your family.
There are Microsoft Safer Families Volunteers based across the UK so please contact us using the button below to let us know you are interested and find out if Microsoft could host a workshop for your employees.
Where can I find step-by-step safety instructions for Windows 8?
We have produced a series of how-to guides which explain each of the Family Safety functions in Windows 8:
- Create a Windows 8 user account
- Create an account for a child
- Grant another parent access to Family Safety
- Set time limits
- Set limits on the websites your child can visit
- Set limits on games and Windows Store apps
- Monitor your kids' PC activity
- Manage your kids' requests
And if you get stuck setting up your new computer, get back on track using the Knowhow tutorials.