Gaming that is safe for all

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Gaming is a fun part of a balanced life. Xbox strives to create a place where everyone can play responsibly, within the boundaries they set, free from fear and intimidation. Your Xbox and Windows devices come with unique family settings built-in and created to help manage screen time, social interactions, online spending and access to mature content. Explore settings available to manage your family’s Xbox experience.

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Create a family group

Create a family group to access family features and settings. It’s a free service that helps families stay connected and keeps kids safer on Xbox One and Windows 10 devices.

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Benefits of a family group

You can personalise each family member’s online experience based on age-appropriate limits that you set for privacy, online purchases, content filters, screen time, and more. Those settings will apply to any Xbox One or Windows 10 device they sign in to.

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Add a family member online

The easiest way to set up and manage your family is on, where you can invite members to join.

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Add a family member on Xbox One

For kids and teens who are new to Xbox, add them to your family group on the console, then manage their family settings on

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Change your child’s Xbox safety settings

Only a parent using the family group feature can change Xbox privacy and online settings for a child account. See whether you’re listed as a child or an adult in a family group by signing in at


Set good screen time habits

Enjoy time played, while ensuring a healthy balance. With screen time you can manage how long your family plays games and watches programmes on your Xbox One and Windows 10 devices.

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Set screen time limits online

Sign in to your Microsoft account and schedule time for each member in your family group. Customise how much time is spent each day of the week and when the device can be used. The screen time countdown starts once the person is signed in and stops when signed out.

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Set screen time notifications

Turn on system notifications from your Xbox One to give players a heads-up on the console when screen time is about to run out.

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View activity reports

Turn on Activity reporting on your child’s Microsoft account to receive weekly emails that show a summary of their activity on Xbox One and Windows 10 devices.


Shop with smart limits

Games and add-ons can be easily purchased from the Microsoft Store on Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. Use purchase management tools to help avoid unexpected surprises and set spending limits.

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Approve your child’s purchases

With Ask a parent, you’ll receive an email when your kids want to purchase a game or app. Or, you can create a passkey to limit purchases made on your account.

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Set up an allowance

Easily add money to your child’s account to limit purchases they can make on their own.

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Keep track of purchases

View your Microsoft Store order history online or from your Xbox One.


Filter content fit for your family

Parents can filter or allow games, apps and websites based on the age of their children to ensure they are interacting with age-appropriate content. You decide what’s allowed, and it’s easy to change later. Children can also request access to content which parents can then approve or decline.

Just as movies and TV shows are rated, each game includes a rating symbol that suggests the appropriate age for play, plus descriptions that give you a heads-up about certain content. Look for these ratings:

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Keep your family safe online with privacy tools

Xbox includes multiplayer games and the ability to interact and chat with other players. Choose what personal information others can see and who is permitted to engage with you and your children. Access these settings from your Xbox One or

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Manage what your child can do

Allow or block your child’s ability to join multiplayer online games, create and join clubs, broadcast their gameplay, add friends and chat.

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Choose how others interact with your child

Choose who can communicate with your child, select who can see what your child watches or plays, and decide what profile information others can see.

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Use app privacy settings

When you download apps from the Microsoft Store on your Xbox One, each app requires permission to access data from your console. You can use privacy settings to control what data is collected and how it’s used.

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Turn off the toxicity, turn up the fun

Xbox is your online gaming community. Help make it fun for everyone by following our Community Standards. Use our built-in tools to avoid the negativity and report those who bully, harass and abuse.

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Code of conduct

When you join Xbox and create an account, you agree to follow our Code of Conduct. Conduct is anything you do that impacts yourself and others. Promote positive impact, avoid negative impact.

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Mute or block others

If you don’t want to be contacted by specific people, you can mute or block their communications with you. Muting a person prevents them from speaking to you in-game or in a chat session. Blocking a person prevents you from receiving that person’s messages and game invites, removes them from your friends list, and hides your online activity from them.

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Report bullies and bad behaviour

Behaviour or content that is harmful or offensive it not tolerated. If you think a person violated the Community Standards, submit a report to Xbox. You can report a player’s behaviour or report specific content such as messages, Clubs and activity feed items. File a complaint:

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A note from Head of Xbox Phil Spencer

Gaming must promote and protect the safety of all

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Jump in

It’s gamers like you who make this the best place for gamers to unite in fun.
Now, go play—together!