Yes, pedophiles use gaming devices to reach out to kids (as displayed in the news segment below). Please follow the steps below to set up Xbox parental controls on your Xbox One or 360 in order to create a safer online, gaming experience for your children.
Remember, you are responsible for every digital click on your home’s network, and so for every device that uses your home’s WiFi network, have something in place to monitor who’s connected to your WiFi and control where they’re going. Two popular options for parents are:
We’ve recently found OpenDNS to be glitchy with our internet service, which is why we’ve moved to Clean Browsing’s clean DNS for every device in our home, including the router.
Set up parental controls on the gaming system. For Xbox, this is not easy. Microsoft makes parents click through a ton of screens to set the controls. We’ll show you step-by-step below.
First, go to xbox.com and click “Sign in” in the upper right corner. If you already have a Microsoft account, you can sign in here. If you don’t, go to “No account? Create one!” where you’ll click, and walk through the account set-up steps.
You’ll be asked to verify the e-mail address you used to create the account, so go to your e-mail account, and click “verify [with your e-mail address].” This will sign you in automatically to xbox.com and assign you a random gamertag and profile image, which you can change in the “Customize profile” option.
If your child has not already created an XBOX account, sign out of your XBOX account and follow the exact same steps to create one for them. Once you’ve created their account, or if they already have an account, it’s time to add them to your family.
From xbox.com, click on your profile picture in the upper-right corner, and click “Xbox settings” as shown below.
In the left menu, click “Microsoft family” and then you’ll see a blue button for “add a child” (not shown). At the prompt, type in the e-mail address of the child (not shown).
Now, type the e-mail address your child used to create their account into the box and click “sign my child in.” You’ll be prompted for a password, and click “sign in,” and then click “yes” on the “Join the family as a child” page shown below. This will take you to a page where you can see the individuals in the same “family.”
From here, click on the name and profile icon in the upper right corner. Click “sign in with another account” and sign back in to your parent account. Click “Products” in the menu, “Devices & Xbox,” and then “Xbox & games,” as shown below. This will take you back to the Xbox homepage you remember from before.
Click on your profile in the upper right corner, and select “Xbox settings.” This will take you back to the Settings page you remember from before. Click “Privacy & online safety.” You may be asked to enter a security code if you’ve set up 2-step authentication. If not, you’ll see the screen below.
Parents have the awesome opportunity to use each of these decision points on the Xbox screen to have a discussion with your son or daughter, explaining the reasons why you are leaving certain functionality on or turning things off. Remember, open and honest conversation is so important.
At this point, you’ve set up controls for the gamer profile, but we still need to set up content filtering controls for the hardware/console itself. This can only be done through the console, but this is an important step for blocking porn at the device level.
On the Xbox One console:
This in addition to content filtering done at the router level will provide a double-layer of protectiong against pornography and other inappropriate content.
Microsoft provides instructions here for how to create screen time controls at the Microsoft account and Xbox level.
Once your Microsoft Family Account is set up, you can set up Activity Reports to be sent to you regularly that include games played and websites visited. It’s built-in accountability on the Xbox. You can learn how to set up activity reports through Microsoft’s support article here: