I am an avid reader of these forums like many of you. One of the forums I make sure to read is My LIVE account was suspended. I find may parents/people that really don’t know what their kids do online. Now I know some of them lie that they had no idea about what was going on. I believe many really don’t have a clue how this works until their kids get a ban of some kind. By then it’s too late to really do our job as parents. I figured I would post so tips I have found that works well with my two kids. The way I have things set up makes it safer for them. Also there is less chance to get taken advantage of.
As parents we know there’s less chance of our children getting into trouble if they’re supervised. Today’s online gaming is your children’s’ new (electronic) playground. Parents understand the importance in seeing their children participate in sporting, musical, and theatrical events. Parents need to be involved in online gaming with their children – even if it’s simply to watch.
All of this can be found here on xbox.com. I know it can be hard for some to find all this information. Maybe you’re not good with computers and such. This is to help you find it with one stop.
Parental controls are divided into two groups: console controls and online safety and privacy . Console controls are located in the Family Settings or Family Center area on your console (depending on your Xbox LIVE membership type).
Turn on console controls
Once Console Safety is turned on, you can explore the individual parental controls such asRatings and Content: These settings let you restrict games and video content based on the content's rating. You can also set whether or not unrated or explicit content can be played on this console.Family Timer: This setting allows you to limit the time that your console can be used on a daily or weekly basisXbox LIVE Access: This setting allows you to decide if your family can connect to Xbox LIVE from this console.Xbox LIVE Membership Creation: This setting allows you to control whether or not new Xbox LIVE memberships can be created from your console.
Change your safety and privacy settings
Online Friends – Other people on Xbox Live may want to add your child to their personal friends list. To manage approval of your child’s online friends, you can require these requests to be approved by you.
Communications – Manage who your child can communicate with on Xbox Live. Communication on Xbox Live includes chat, messages, and game invites using voice, video, or text.
You need to do this on your child’s gametag. This alone can help your family out. I do not work for Microsoft and this is NOT an official post. These are just some tips that I use for my kids.
When I die, I want to go peacefully like my Grandfather did -- in his sleep. Not yelling and screaming like the passengers in his car.
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