How to: Add Family Safety in Windows 8 Part 3

A four-part series on setting up a Child Account / Family Safety for a user in Windows

Part 3: Adjusting Time Limits in Family Safety

In yesterday’s post, we explained how to set up Web Filtering in Family Safety for Windows 8.  Today, we’ll be focusing on how to adjust the Time Limit settings in Family Safety.  Read after the jump to find out how!

Family Safety - time limits - all that nerdy stuff On the options page shown above, click on “Time Limits.”  This will bring up the following screen.  There are two types of time limits available: how long a user can be on the computer before being locked out, and during what hours of the day the user can access the computer.  First, click on “Set time allowance” to set up the number of hours the user is allowed on the computer.


Family Safety - Time Allowance - all that nerdy stuffThe screen to the left will appear.  If you want to limit the number of hours that your child can use the computer, change the default to the second option, “______ can only use the PC for the amount of time I allow.”  There is the ability to adjust the number of hours for weekdays and weekends.  You can set this for any amount up to twenty-four hours.  When a user comes close to their allowance, a screen will appear reminding them to ask a parent for more time.  After the time has been used up, the computer is automatically locked and the user can not log back in until the next day without permission from the administrator/parent.  Once you have chosen your preferred settings, click on “Curfew” on the left.


Family Safety - Curfew - all that nerdy stuffCurfew controls the hours that a user can log onto the computer each day.  If they attempt to login outside of these hours, they will be directed to ask a parent for permission to use the computer.  In order to pick the time periods that a user is blocked from use, use the mouse to drag across the hours.  Any blue hours are blocked.  You may wish to limit late night hours of web browsing, or keep small children from getting up early to get on to the computer.  Once you have chosen the hours you wish to block the user from having access to the computer, the curfew will be set.  Click on “User Settings” on the left to go back to the options screen.


Part 1: Introduction to Family Safety

Part 2: Adjusting Web Filtering in Family Safety


Part 4: Adjusting Windows store and game restrictions, and app restrictions in Family Safety

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