XBOX | gaming fun and peace of mind for parents

April 15, 2019

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Both Roo and Tigger love to play computer games, it is not something that we shy away from. Both Mr Boo and I enjoy playing games too so it was inevitable that they would follow in our footsteps. It also means that we can enjoy family gaming sessions too – although we are all a little too competitive.

However, if either Roo or Tigger encounter an issue whilst they are playing, an update needs installing etc. then they will always shout for Dad. Now this is a little playing on my part as I like to tell them that I don’t know anything about how they work etc. so they should ask Dad. I know more than I let on, but why add another thing on the list of things that they will badger me about?? If they were wise they would work out that I can play games etc, so why wouldn’t I know how to do updates etc. But, shhh don’t let them know I know more than I let on!

An introduction to Xbox family settings

Whilst I might know how to update their consoles, purchase downloads and switch it on/off if it is throwing a hissy fit. I’ll be honest I had no idea about the wealth of other information and settings available within an Xbox. I was recently invited down to London to find out all about the Xbox family settings.

At Xbox, we are committed to making gaming a fun, inclusive and safe experience for everyone.

To achieve this, family settings on the Xbox empower parents and caregivers to set screen time limits, filter content by the age of their child, set purchase limits, and more to ensure every member of the family enjoys rewarding and positive gaming.

What are Xbox family settings?

Easy-to-use, flexible features built into your Xbox to give parents peace of mind, including:

Screen time management

Parents can set time limits and view activity reports to keep on top of their child’s activity. Limits can be set for each day of the week, meaning parents can restrict gaming on school nights or allow more time over the weekend.

Purchase limits

Parents can choose to approve children’s purchases before they are made, to receive alerts after each purchase, or to set up an allowance to limit purchases children can make on their own.

Fun fact: Tigger once managed to spend £125 via his Playstation attempting to purchase an in-game add-on. So you can imagine how welcome this setting is for us!

Content filters

Parents can filter or allow games, apps and websites based on the age of their children to ensure they are interacting with age-appropriate content. Children can also request access to content which can then approve or decline.


Parents can select what personal information others can see and who is permitted to engage with their kids. This is especially valuable with the increasing popularity of multiplayer games where users can interact with other players around the world.

Thoughts on the xbox family settings

Having seen both a demonstration and been able to put into practice the family settings, there very easy to customise depending on your family. With the emphasis being on ‘your family’. Every parent, every family is different. Some will wish to have stricter restrictions on screen time, purchasing and content. Whereas others will tailor each profile for their children depending the level of maturity and responsibility.

With technology a large part of our lives, parents need to get on board with the request to access technology and gaming platforms etc. It is great to see that brands such as Xbox are doing what they can to aid parents along the path of balance between access, content and any purchases.

Additional articles on Xbox family settings

  • Mellissa Williams May 25, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    I never knew about these settings. My son is 22 now though and I didn’t let him have an XBox until he was a teenager

  • MissPond May 25, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    We don’t have kids, but these are useful things to know and consider in the future!

  • Rhian westbury May 25, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    That’s good that you can do purchase limits, I always hear horror stories of kids spending loads on their parents cards. We’ve always been Playstation people so I’ve never actually used an Xbox x

  • michelle twin mum May 25, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever played on an x-box, I’ve led a sheltered life. lol My son would love it and its always good to have parental controls. Mich x

  • Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog May 25, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    My folks used to love playing video games when they were younger but didn’t really get into them until they were 10. They loved the SNES and Mega Drive. I’m sure I would like platform games like Mario when I’m a bit older, reassuring about the family settings!

  • Melanie williams May 27, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Purchase limits are a must and should be. Kids dont always realise the outcomes of their actions. Fab article xx

  • Olivia Jade May 27, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    I agree that screen time should be limited for kids. Getting carried away is easy and time limits would help them x

  • Crystal (The Busy Mom Diary) May 29, 2019 at 1:44 am

    The XBOX does provide lots of family fun,. and many different game choices.

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