Microsoft is again all set to help you with one of the most common issues faced by parents these days, cell phone usage. It’s just impossible to keep them away from cell phones as the initial affection is converting into obsession with time. They aren’t just ready to compromise on that and neither are their parents but for quite different reasons.
Now, in this everywhere-is-tech era, it’s equal to impossible to not use digital tools to run daily errands. So in order to keep the digital and overall physical safety, Microsoft has come to our rescue.
Microsoft’s Family Safety App
With the tagline of “Protect your family in the physical and digital worlds with Microsoft Family Safety”, Microsoft announced the app in the month of March only. The whole concept of the Family Safety app is to keep the user & his/her family safe from the overuse of the digital world.
Today we unveiled two new Microsoft 365 experiences that will roll out in preview in the coming months—a new Microsoft Family Safety app designed to keep your family safe across the digital and physical worlds, and new features in Microsoft Teams that bring you closer to your friends and family to more deeply connect and collaborate on the things that matter most to you. – Microsoft Team (march 2020)
A multi-solution providing tool, Family Safety app will be helping you manage your work and life. Also, eventually it will deepen the connection you have with the people who matter the most to you.
Many people or families use different apps for managing digital time spent by the kind of cell phone scree\n & location based services separately. Here you have this one app that is a new mobile experience coming on iOS and Android for Microsoft 365 subscribers.
Microsoft team is quite confident about the app and talks about how it functions, “Microsoft Family Safety helps you stay connected with location sharing and notifications when a family member arrives or departs a location like home, school, or work, to help give you the peace of mind that your family is where they need to be. And, for inexperienced drivers in the household, you can use driving reports to help build better habits behind the wheel with the peace of mind knowing that we don’t share your information with third parties, such as insurance companies.
You’ll also be able to help protect your kids as they explore and play games online and on their devices. The Microsoft Family Safety app helps you understand how your kids are spending their time across their Xbox, Windows 10 PCs, and Android phones, plus you can set limits to help promote healthy digital habits. Additionally, you’ll be able to help steer them away from content that you feel is not age appropriate as they start browsing the web.”
Microsoft Family Safety App Preview Features You Can Try
Since the app has been made available for preview on May 11, 2020, users will have access to some important features. Try those features & let us know what do you think about it:
1. Activity Reporting
As the name suggests, Activity Reporting feature will help you get the info about what you kids are upto while using the cell phone. Additionally, you can receive weekly emails summary that will help you have a healthy digital choice conversation among your family.
2. Screen Time Limits
One of the most common issues faced by parents is your child isn’t leaving the device till the time he/she sees that screen light shining. You can just cut the wire from the source only by setting limits on apps to be operated by your children. Yeah!! You can also set screen time limits on Windows & Xbox devices as well.
3. Content Controlling
We all know how the internet has been flooded with all types of news & how much of it is absolute rubbish. If your kid is using the device, you make sure to choose the content that is relevant for him or can be for entertainment purposes. Whenever your kid tries to download or access anything that’s out of your list, you get notified of the same. Isn’t this great!!
4. Location Sharing
As easy as knowing about the place your loved one is visiting & setting the same place on your map. And needed more than ever in this COVID-19 pandemic lockdown situation, it’s very important to know about the family member if he/she isn’t home. Locate your loved ones with the same app & stay connected to them even if you are apart.
Above are the listed features that can be used in the preview phase & I believe it’s quite enough to get an understanding of the solidness of the app. What do you think?
People who have already shown their interest in the app will be notified with the instructions to get the preview phase app. And, for the additional users, you get to use the app & share your experience to make it better.
In order to Get The Preview, click on the link & answer a few questions. As simple as that.
The one-stop solution to keep track of your kids using various types of content as well as knowing where they are have become quite simple. Microsoft has launched the Family Safety app preview phase that can be used by users to provide feedback on their experiences.
However, don’t you think that putting so much tracking on children or family members may soon become micromanaging or digitally-following-their-every-moment? What do you think about this app?