Microsoft Family Safety App is Now Available in Preview

Posted on May 11, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Cloud, iOS, Microsoft Consumer Services, Mobile with 0 Comments

Announced alongside other new Microsoft 365 features for consumers back in March, the Microsoft Family Safety app is now available in limited preview on Android and iOS.

“Microsoft Family Safety helps you to facilitate a dialogue with your kids about the time they are spending on their devices and type of content they are viewing,” Microsoft’s Aimee Sudeck writes. “The app provides transparency on where everyone is spending time online and allows you to create flexible schedules to carve out more time for things like online learning. Additionally, it helps you stay connected even when you’re apart with location sharing. Our team is committed to bringing you additional physical safety features in the coming months, like safe driving, so as we go back to a new normal you can help protect your family across your whole life.”

The preview version of Microsoft Family Safety for Android and iOS provides the following features:

Activity reporting. View screen time, top websites visited, and terms that kids are searching for online. You will also receive an email summary each week.

Screen time limits. You can set screen time limits across Windows and Xbox devices.

Content controls. create a safe space for your kids to explore online by creating web and search filters to block mature content and set browsing to kid-friendly websites on Microsoft Edge.

Location sharing. This lets you see loved ones on a map, plus save the places they visit the most, like home, work, or school, to know where family members are at glance.

As you may recall, Microsoft announced in March that it was rebranding the consumer versions of Office 365 to Microsoft 365 Personal and Family, and it introduced some new features for subscribers at that time. Almost none of those new features were ready by the time the newly-branded offerings launched in April, but that’s finally starting to change.

To join the preview, please visit the Microsoft Family Safety Preview – Family Information and fill out the form. You’re going to want to move quickly on this one: Microsoft says that it has only limited availability for users on Android and iOS. It is specifically looking for families with children of all ages to join the preview and is asking that users participating in the preview actively provide feedback to help it learn from your experiences.

 

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