Windows 8 to monitor kids' Web activity

May 15, 2012 at 8:14 PM
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REDMOND, Wash., May 15 (UPI) -- Microsoft Corp. says its Windows 8 operating system will allow parents to monitor children's Web activity and receive weekly reports describing kids' PC use.

In setting up secondary accounts, Windows 8 users will be able to check a box that says, "Is this a child's account? Turn on Family Safety to get reports of their PC use," PC Magazine reported Tuesday.

The process requires no downloads, installation wizards or configuration, Microsoft said in a blog post.

The Family Safety features will be included in the upcoming Windows 8 Release Preview which is set for an early June release Microsoft said.

More traditional filtering options that let parents choose a list of approved Web sites, opt for child-friendly sites only, allow general interest sites only, or block adult sites, will still be available in Windows 8, the company said.

The Web activity report option will allow parents to block access to any Web site by clicking a link in the e-mailed report, PC Magazine said.

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