Microsoft has designed Windows 8 to make parental
monitoring and control of children's computer activities
more effective, by offering improved family safety
features and services.
With Windows 8, parents can monitor what their kids are
doing, no matter where they use their PC. Parents can
create a Windows user account for each child, turn on
Family Safety, and then review weekly reports that
describe their children?s PC use.
Windows 8 provides informative activity reports for each
child. As soon as parents enable the Family Safety
feature, they'll receive a welcome email followed by
weekly email reports summarizing their child's computer
Any changes parents make to Family Safety settings are
stored in the cloud at familysafety.microsoft.com. These
changes are then automatically applied to all Windows
PCs where Family Safety is active.
For parents who need more control, they can set up more
powerful and customizable restrictions directly from
links in the activity reporting email, or on
familysafety.microsoft.com, if needed. These additional
restrictions include web filtering; SafeSearch
(SafeSearch will filter out adult text, images, and
videos from search results of Bing, Google, and Yahoo);
Time limits (parents can restrict the number of hours
per day their child can use their PC); restrictions in
Windows Store that prevent children from seeing apps in
the Windows Store above a particular age. Parent scan
also block specific applications and games.
Windows 8 is currently in "Consumer Preview" beta.
People interested in these Family Safety features should
watch out for the next Windows 8 release, termed
"Release Preview," which Microsoft has said is expected
at some point in June.
Microsoft hasn't said exactly when it plans to ship
Windows 8 in commercial final form.