Microsoft’s Family Safety app helps parents with internet safety, screen time limits


The Microsoft Family app is rolling out for preview.

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A limited preview of the Microsoft Family Safety app is launching for iOS and Android. The app is meant to help parents find a digital balance, giving their kids digital independence while still setting boundaries, Microsoft said in a release. 

The Family Safety app can help start conversations about internet safety and screen time limits. In addition, the app offers content controls and activity reporting — like top websites visited, terms searched and location sharing. Microsoft said it plans to add safety driving features in the coming months as well. 

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To sign up for the preview, set up a family group through Microsoft and then fill out a form that will be provided. Microsoft said availability is limited.

Microsoft announced the Family Safety app in March as a part of two different 365 experiences planned for rollout in the coming months. 

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