Microsoft has launched its Family Safety app for Android and iOS, enabling mother and father to handle their children’ app utilization and display screen time. The firm first introduced the app again in March, earlier than rolling it out in limited preview two months later — at the moment sees the app made out there for every one.
The Family Safety cellular app ties in with Microsoft’s broader Family Group platform which covers each Windows and Xbox, and is designed to offer mother and father higher oversight and management of the whole lot their offspring is doing on-line.
Through the app, mother and father can set closing dates for particular apps and video games on Android, Xbox, and Windows, whereas a broader device-management function permits mother and father to set screen-time limits throughout your entire Xbox or Windows machine.
It’s price noting that the iOS incarnation of the app has barely much less performance, insofar it’s not potential to set limits for iPhones or iPads via the Family Safety app — mother and father have to make use of Apple units’ built-in display screen time function for this. However, in a weblog submit at the moment, Microsoft stated that it’s presently working to carry related “digital safety features to iOS, to set screen time and content filters on iPhones.”
Elsewhere, the Family Safety app can be utilized to arrange exercise screens, giving mother and father a broad overview of their children’ total digital exercise throughout Android, Windows, and Xbox by way of a weekly e mail report.
For households that use Microsoft’s Edge browser, the Family Safety app can be utilized to set net and search filters to dam particular forms of content material and add specific domains to a blocked web sites checklist enacted in Edge throughout Windows, Xbox, and Android.
Finally, a built-in “family tracker” allows everybody in a family to share their location and save continuously visited locations reminiscent of work and faculty. This additionally exhibits every particular person’s final identified location on the map if their telephone goes offline.
In the intervening months since Microsoft launched Family Safety in preview, the corporate has launched a bunch of updates and new options, together with the power to dam particular apps and extra choices for folks responding to display screen time requests.
In the approaching months, Microsoft stated that it’s going to add some premium options that may ship as a part of its Microsoft 365 Family subscription. In the U.S., U.Ok., Canada, and Australia, subscribers will get entry to a brand new driver security performance for these utilizing their telephone behind the wheel, and placement alerts will permit mother and father to see when a particular member of the family arrives or leaves a specified location.
There are numerous different digital wellbeing instruments and providers on the market, together with Google’s very personal Family Link app for Android. But by tying collectively cellular, desktop searching, and video video games, Microsoft is pitching Family Safety as a extra cohesive cross-platform answer to folks’ considerations.