Family Settings On Xbox


[XBOX SOUND] Jessica: Here with me is the man who helps bring
the family and safety features to players on Xbox, the head of Xbox operations, Dave McCarthy. Hi Dave, how’s it going?
Dave: Good, how are you?
Jessica: Good, thanks for joining me. A lot of families this Holiday season will be receiving
their first consoles. Can you tell us about family groups and why installing
a child or teen account is so important for an Xbox? Dave: It really is an important foundational start
with your Xbox to set up that family account. It really puts in place controls around a number of areas. Anything from purchasing, to screen time, to the content they can access,
and even the people they can communicate with. And it works actually across a range of devices you
can have it work on the console your Window’s 10 PC, and even the Microsoft Launcher
on Android devices as well. Jessica: Now my son’s only six and I’m already starting to worry
about how much time he spends with screens like every other parent that I know, and you can set limits
on screen time for your family members as well, correct? Dave: You can, and as a family we use that quite often. It’s actually a good conversation starter to talk about digital time,
and what we spend, and what we play and we use that as a foundation to work from. But you can really, as a family get that down to
an incredible level of customisation, you can specify a day of the week, hours of the day and length of time. And you can manage it down if you want, to specify even certain games that you want specific screen time around. I love that flexibility as a family, and you can change it at any time and it’s instantaneous, the changes you make. Jessica: Alright, so what about content filters because I want to keep my
six year old away from titles that I don’t think he’s quite ready to play yet. Dave: We’ve put a system in place where you’re assured for a child account that they’re only
playing games up to a certain age level. We extend that functionality as well to things like communications, so you can do things like specify should they be able to do things like voice communication, should they be able to get friend requests, those sort of things,
you’re in control of their social experience. And then the last area is around purchasing
and do you want to enable the ability for your child or teen to purchase content. Do you want to be notified. You have a lot of fidelity
there as well, in controls. What I do with our teen is that I do allow him to purchase
things but what I do is provide an allowance. And once he drains that allowance for the week
there’s no other spending he can actually do. I also put in place purchase notifications,
so in the case of being surprised by purchases, I would get an instant email all the time to say
“Hey, your daughter just spent such and such” And if I want to go talk to her and have a
conversation around it, I can go do that. Jessica: That’s awesome. Well thank you for coming in
and joining me and giving me a run down on all the parental controls that Xbox offers. Dave: It was my pleasure, thanks for having me. [XBOX SOUND]

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