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I thought for a moment that the picture was of Stanley Tweedle from Lexx. I guess I'll go back to sleep...
As part of the rebranding exercise that saw Office 365 morph into Microsoft 365, the Windows giant has unveiled its new Family Safety app. Kind of. The app was initially teased back in March, but has taken until this week to launch in limited preview for Android and iOS. The app allows a family's activity to be monitored, …
With 3 teenagers doing School From Home, the whole issue of screen time for Windoze has become much more of a problem for the last few weeks - how to block HouseParty (which #1 uses to talk to their mates) until after-school, but allow Zoom (which School use), plus granting extra time to compensate for school-time running over into playtime or when cadets run a late-evening online class.
The latest updates on Win10 have allowed me to get this under control but I have to log-in to my MSFT account to do it, which either means opening up my LT after hours (which I'm not keen on as work inevitably intrudes), or navigating the rotten MSFT UX from my phone.
So an App that brings all of this into one place and that is more responsive and more unified than currently available would be Very nice-to-Have.
(Notwithstanding that, because it's MSFT, they will disappoint, but I live in hope!)
I hate the idea that the way to manage what teenagers do with their time is primarily one to be addressed with technological constraints. Not only are the constraints not necessarily effective, and contaminated with the datarape approach of their providers, but one is training young citizens to (a) accept that sort of technological incarceration and (b) more importantly, not giving them the opportunity of learning how to manage their own time.
So Microsoft covers Android smartphones, Windows PCs, and Xbox consoles.
Apple covers Apple smartphones.
Google covers Android smartphones and Chromebooks.
Sony covers Playstation consoles.
Linux covers Linux PCs, possibly.
Whatever you think of the companies involved or the concept, Microsoft has the broadest solution and the only one that goes outside of their walled garden.
it's like the online shops who demand a login and personal info before you can even browse to know if you are interested. There will come a time when you have to present your implanted chip to the reader to be allowed to do anything.
In China your ability to do lots of things can be restricted if you are not a 'good citizen' limiting the scope of dissent.
Chrome's family safety tools only monitor what happens inside of the Chrome browser (or their device, whatever) but the Microsoft Family stuff monitors the whole Win10 operating system.
I have it in use on my kids' computers. I can control how long they spend in games (only an hour a day between 3pm and 6pm on Minecraft, for example) and generally how long their workstations are accessible for (only between 8am and 6pm) and that Spotify is always allowed, no other web browser is permitted, and it also permits age-based ratings for web browsing (although you can, and should, block youtube for example as typing 'sex' in the search box brings up unsavoury thumbnails, if nothing else).
It'll also enforce Safe Search is on in your chosen search engine.
What's more you can also combine a kid's screen time across Windows and Xbox devices, which means that if you only grant them 2 hours a day, that 2 hours is combined on both the Xbox and their workstation.
Pretty neat all round tbh. Not bad for free.
Thank fuck my Dad was not a self righteous fucked up control freak like you. And you are proud of it?
Well, I can promise you that everyone that you "control" what they can do will have found ways around your controls.
You need therapy… soonest
They already did the voyeurism, now at last they can justify it with the old unbeatable "Somebody think of the children!" argument...
Think of the children, let us collect your family habits and preferences! Let your children grow up with a complete marketing profile, reaching back to their youngest years, a goldmine for marketing and political manipulation!
O brave new world / That has such suckers in't!
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