Xbox One S is a third-generation console from Microsoft. With it, you can play video games, stream content from apps, chat with other players via XBox Live, surf the web, and even watch TV (if you have a cable box to connect it to).
Setting Xbox One S parental controls can be a somewhat complex process, but it’s worth it for the level of control you’ll have for each child in your family. If you allow your children to stream content from various apps such as Hulu while on the device, the parental controls on the gaming console will override any parental controls you have set up on the individual apps, in most cases.
How To Set Up Xbox One S Parental Controls
Download the Microsoft Family Safety App
The Microsoft Family Safety app allows parents to set screen time limits on all Microsoft-affiliated devices, including Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One S, Microsoft Surface, Windows 10 devices, Windows 7 devices, and Windows Vista devices. Parents can use the app to create search filters and block mature content. The app also has built-in location sharing so you can track family members. You’ll need to create a parent account first, then you can add family members.
- Visit account.microsoft.com/family.
- Sign in with your personal Microsoft account. If you don’t have a free account yet, create one.
- From your dashboard, select Add a Family Member.
- Select Child.
- Enter your child’s email address or phone number and select Send Invite.
- Make sure your child accepts your invitation.
Screen Time Limits
To set screen time limits for your child on Xbox One S, visit https://account.microsoft.com/family and sign in with your Microsoft account. Then:
- From your dashboard, Find your child’s name and select Screen time.
- If you want to use the same schedule for all devices, switch Use one screen time schedule from Off to On. If you’d rather have separate schedules, scroll down and switch screen time on for PC and Xbox One S individually.
- Set how much time your child is allowed to spend with their devices each day, and when they can use them. If you want to give them the full amount of time you’ve scheduled, select Max scheduled. (Example: If you’ve allowed screen time from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., they could use their devices that entire time).
App and Game Time Limits
To set app and game limits, visit family.microsoft.com and sign in with your Microsoft account. Then:
- Find your child’s name and select App and game limits.
- Find the app or game you want to set limits on. If you’ve never set limits, it’ll show how often they use the app or game on average.
- Set how much time your child is allowed to spend on the app or game each day, and when they’re allowed to use it.
To give your kids a heads up on Xbox when their screen time is running out:
- Press the Xbox button on the controller.
- Select System > Settings > Preferences > Notifications > Xbox Notifications > System and make sure System notifications on is selected.
Screen time counts down when a child is signed in, so if they’re not actively using their console, have them sign out.
Age Limits for Accessing Content
To ensure your kids have access to only family-friendly games, apps, TV shows, and movies on their Xbox One S S, you can choose from preset recommendations by age. To do this:
- Press the Xbox button to open the guide, and then go to System > Settings > Account > Family settings.
- Select Manage family members, and then select the child account you want to update.
- Under Access to content, choose the desired age-level restriction. (By default, your child’s restrictions will be set to the age associated with their Microsoft account).
When your child asks to use a blocked app or game that’s rated above their content restrictions, you can approve it by signing in with your passkey and selecting Always or Just this once.
Customize Privacy Settings
You can prevent your child from playing with strangers in the privacy settings. To ensure that your child is only playing with people they know or to turn off voice chat and unprompted communications:
- Press the Xbox button to open the guide.
- Select Profile & system > Settings > Account > Privacy & online safety > Xbox privacy. Select the Child, Teen, or Adult default settings, or customize your settings by selecting View details & customize.