Manage Your Kid’s Screen Time and Track Online Activity in Windows 10

Learn how you can manage your kids time and generate reports of their activities on your Windows 10 devices using Family Safety.

Back in the initial release of Windows 10, we showed you how to set up Family Safety. Family Safety lets you manage your kid’s activities on the device. Managing screen time is a top priority for parents and guardians. Also, knowing what your child is viewing or what apps they are using is important so you can better inform and help them navigate the Internet safely. In this article, we’ll look at controlling your kid’s screen time on the computer along with generating weekly reports of their activities.

Use Parental Controls to Manage Kids Computer Usage and Activities on Your Windows 10 Device

Before you configure your kid’s screen time and start generating reports, review our previous article how to set up Family Safety. Once you have that set up, open Start > Settings > Accounts > Family & other people. Click the link Manage family settings online (you can also sign in from here). This will open the dedicated Family settings web page in your browser. Click Screen time then scroll down to the bottom.

Toggle on Set limits for when my child can use devices. Scroll down then choose the time period when your child is allowed to use the computer.

By default, it is set to Unlimited, but you can choose an allotment between 30 mins and 12 hrs. Whenever that runs out, your child has to ask for more, which you can grant.

You can also click the Set a time limit link in order to set limits for a specific time of the day on specific days. If your kid has access to more than one computer, these changes are federated across each device, too.

The web browsing tab lets you block inappropriate websites. You can also enter specific URLs your kid can visit, which is called an allowed list. Users should ensure they are running the latest version of Windows 10 in order for this to work. Parents should also note, only Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer are supported. So, if you have third party web browsers installed, your kids can work around the restriction; but you can use the block feature to prevent them from using those apps.

Generate Weekly Reports

If you need insights into what your child is doing on the PC, you can turn on Activity Reporting. Click the check recent activity link from the Your family page. Toggle on Activity reporting then check the box Email weekly reports to me.

On the same recent activity page, you can see web browsing activities, apps and games used and screen time usage. You can also block apps you don’t want your child using.

Reports sent by email are quite granular, detailing the amount of time each app is used and how many hours were spent using the PC each day.

Family safety certainly puts back a lot of power in parents hands, letting them better manage how kids use their devices in a healthy way. If you are just learning about this, you might experience a bit of turbulence with your kids after setting it up. So, talk to them and let them know what’s going on.

Let us know in the comments how it goes. Also, tell us how you manage your kid’s device usage outside of Windows devices such as Android Tablets and iPhones.




  1. Paul  

    Thank you for the article. I use parental control app from at all our devices (mostly on Android). They say there is also Kidslox for Windows but I never tried it yet.

    • Thanks for the tip Paul. Gonna explore it and hopefully share our thoughts about in a future article.

    • Thanks for the mention Paul – actually Kidslox isn’t compatible with Windows yet, just iOS, Android and Kindle devices. We do have a windows desktop app that you can use to manage your kids phones from though…

  2. Brooke Pillow  

    I set up screen time limits and my son said that when his time was up a message popped up on the screen asking if he wanted more time and all he had to do was click yes and it gave him more time. What’s the point of the limits if it’s that easy for them to change it??!!!!

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