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Microsoft rolls out limited preview of its Family Safety app on iOS and Android

Microsoft asserted that it works around the clock to help protect the users’ information and does not sell their data.

In order to ensure safety of those spending maximum time to learn or work from home or remain connected with the loved ones, Microsoft Family Safety app’s limited preview is now available on iOS and Android devices.

In a blog post, the tech giant revealed “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. 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.”

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Moreover, with Microsoft Family Safety app, family members can manage their data and information and who it is shared with. Microsoft asserted that it works around the clock to help protect the users’ information and does not sell their data.

Now, let’s take check out four interesting features that Microsoft has made available for its users in the preview of its Family Safety app:

Activity reporting in Microsoft Family Safety app

A user can now receive information about his/her family’s activity so they can have a conversation about what their kids are doing online and on their devices. View screen time, top websites visited, and terms kids are searching for online. As a part of Microsoft Family Safety app, this email summary for each week will help facilitate a dialogue on healthy digital choices and begin developing good habits from a young age.

Screen time limits in Microsoft Family Safety app

The app enables users to set screen time limits across Windows and Xbox devices. According to Microsoft, “Now when you say only one hour of a certain game, that really means one hour of that game—whether that’s being played on a Windows PC, Xbox, or Android phone. And if they run out of screen time, they can ask for more. You have the choice to add more time or not based on what is right for your family.”

Content controls in Microsoft Family Safety app

Now create a safe space for your kids to explore online by setting up healthy boundaries with web and search filters to block mature content and set browsing to kid-friendly websites on Microsoft Edge.

Interestingly, parents can get notified when your children want to download a more mature app or game from the Microsoft Stores with age limits. Microsoft Family Safety app provides you with the tools to begin talking about the type of content that is right for your kids.

Location sharing in Microsoft Family Safety app

With stay-at-home orders and restrictions on mobility currently in place, it is important to know where your loved ones are when they are not at home—for example if your teenager got side-tracked while running to the grocery store and ended up at a friend’s house. Isn’t the app seems to be very helpful to keep a track on your loved one?

Microsoft has invited iOS and Android users to join the preview so that it can collect the feedback and continue to enhance the experience before launching Microsoft Family Security app in the coming months. Once launched, the app will be available to download for free in the app stores.

Meanwhile, if you wish to join the preview of Microsoft Family Safety app, you simply need to express interest and Microsoft will be reaching out with instructions to download the preview. “Microsoft Family Safety is best when used together. We are looking for families with children of all ages to join the preview. We ask that users participating in the preview actively provide feedback to help us learn from your experience. You can send feedback in the app by shaking your device or tapping on the menu > Help and feedback,” the tech giant added.

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