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Controlling Website Access

After you’ve added family members, you can configure child accounts to control their access to websites. You can automatically block access to adult websites (Microsoft decides what is and isn’t an adult site), but you can also explicitly block or allow access to particular sites.

Blocking Inappropriate Websites

You can automatically block access to adult websites. Doing so will also block a child’s ability to use InPrivate browsing and will also ensure that Bing SafeSearch is on so that inappropriate search results are not displayed in Bing searches.

  1. Browse to https://account.microsoft.com/family to access the Microsoft Family settings for your account. (You’ll need to log in with your Microsoft account.)
  2. Tap or click a child in your family.

  3. Tap or click Web Browsing.
  4. Tap or click Block Inappropriate Websites to turn on the setting.

Explicitly Allowing a Site

You might find that Microsoft Family blocks a site that you want to allow a child to access. You can explicitly allow access to a site so that it will always be allowed.

  1. From the Web Browsing screen on the Microsoft Family website, swipe up or scroll down to access the Always Allow These section.
  2. Enter a website URL in the Enter the URL of a Website You Want to Allow.
  3. Tap or click Allow.

Removing an Allowed Site

If you want to remove access to a site that you’ve previously explicitly allowed, you can easily remove the site’s URL.

  1. From the Web Browsing screen on the Microsoft Family website, swipe up or scroll down to the list of allowed sites.
  2. Tap or click Remove next to the URL that you no longer want to allow.

  3. If you unintentionally remove the wrong site, tap or click Undo to add the URL back to the list of allowed sites.

Explicitly Blocking a Site

You might encounter websites that Microsoft Family allows but that you don’t want your child to access. In these cases, you can explicitly block access to a site.

  1. From the Web Browsing screen on the Microsoft Family website, swipe up or scroll down to Always Block These.
  2. Enter the URL of a website you want to block.
  3. Tap or click Block to add the site to the list of blocked sites.

Removing a Blocked Site

If you want to remove the restriction on a website you’ve blocked, you can remove it from the list of blocked websites.

  1. From the Web Browsing screen on the Microsoft Family website, swipe up or scroll down to Always Block These.
  2. Tap or click Remove next to the website that you no longer want to block.

  3. If you unintentionally removed the wrong site, tap or click Undo to add the URL back to the list of blocked sites.

Responding to Requests

If a child attempts to browse to a website that is blocked, a message will let them know that they must ask for permission to access the website. If they click to ask for permission, an email message will be sent to all adults on the account asking for permission. You can then either approve or reject the request.

  1. Open the email request that was sent to an adult in your family.
  2. Review the requested URL to determine whether you want to allow access.
  3. Tap or click Allow to allow access to the requested website.

  4. If prompted, log in with your Microsoft account to confirm that you are allowing access.

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