As video games become increasingly popular and accessible, more and more children are becoming gamers. Fortunately for parents, Microsoft offers several features to ensure that gaming remains a safe and enjoyable experience for players of all ages. One option is creating a child account, which gives parents greater control over their children’s gaming activities.
A child account on the Xbox Series X|S allows parents to manage their children’s gaming experience, including setting time limits, blocking inappropriate content, and monitoring their online interactions. By creating a child account, parents can ensure that their children are only playing age-appropriate games and interacting with other players in a safe and secure environment.
Creating a child account on Xbox Series X|S is a relatively simple process, but it does require some setup. However, it’s also important to note that creating a child account on the latest-gen Microsoft consoles is just one part of ensuring that your child has a safe and positive gaming experience. As a parent, it’s also important to talk to your child about responsible gaming habits, set clear rules and boundaries around gaming, and monitor your child’s activity regularly.
How to create a child account on your Xbox Series X|S console
Creating an account for your child on your Xbox Series X|S console benefits parents who want to manage and monitor their child’s gaming experience. Xbox defines a child account as a profile affiliated with an adult’s account, so as the primary owner of the console, you will be the organizer of your Xbox Family Group.
Creating an account for your child is just as simple as making a profile for any other user.
- Press the Xbox button and go to “Profile & system.”
- Navigate to Profile & system, Settings, Account, “Family settings,” and finally, “Manage family members.”
- Choose Family, then click “Add new.”
If you’re not already the organizer or primary user of your Xbox Family Group, you will need to ask them to verify the child’s account on either the console, a mobile device, or a PC. Your child’s account will now be linked to yours per Microsoft’s age restrictions. The next steps are to create restrictions for your child’s account. Only after finishing them will you be able to restrict certain content and limit gaming time.
How to set up restrictions on your child’s Xbox account
After creating a child account on your Xbox Series X|S console, it’s essential to set up restrictions to ensure that your child is playing age-appropriate games, spending a reasonable amount of time gaming, and interacting with other players in a safe and secure environment. It’s a good idea to start with age-restricted content.
- Open the guide and navigate to “Profile & system.”
- Select Settings, Account, and then “Family settings.”
- Choose “Manage family members.” After, select your child’s account.
- Choose the desired age level under access to content.
It’s important to note that this feature is based on the reported age associated with the account, so it’s worth double-checking that your child’s birthday is correct before moving forward. According to Microsoft, you can also create certain age restriction exceptions if you want. The next step is to set up restrictions on screen time; this is a great way to ensure your child has the right level of gameplay in their day-to-day life.
Sign in to your Microsoft account on the Microsoft Family website.
- Locate the family group page and select your child’s account.
- Select “Screen time.”
- Select your Xbox console from the list of devices.
- Click “Turn limits on.”
- Adjust the time slots to change the limitations for your child.
You can also change the settings in the Xbox Family Settings app if you don’t have access to a browser.
What to do if you can’t add your child to an Xbox family account
Occasionally, you may run into an issue trying to add a child’s account to your Xbox. Given the complexity of Microsoft’s permissions system, there might be several reasons behind the problem.
For starters, if you’re having trouble, you may need to verify your identity by providing additional information, such as your phone number or email address. Microsoft designed this security measure to protect your child’s account from unauthorized access.
If that doesn’t fix the problem, you might need to confirm that your child hasn’t been added to another family group by accident. According to Microsoft, an account can only be a part of one group at a time.
- Open the guide and navigate to Profile & system > Settings > Account.
- Here, you’ll select Family settings and Manage family members.
If your child’s account isn’t listed in your family group, there is a chance that they’re already in another group. You will need to identify the group they’re in and delete them from it before you can add them to yours.
If you cannot determine their group, you can always make your child a new account using a different email address.