Windows Defender has different protection modules that help us to be protected when we surf the net. For example, in addition to its shield against malware, we can find its own firewall, or integrity protection systems and against vulnerabilities.
Among all these functions, there is a very useful one that often goes unnoticed: the protection of the family. And, given the problems that we can find on the Internet today, it is an essential function if we allow minors to use the networks.
What Windows Defender controls minors
We can see Windows Defender as that person who is on top of the child while he is connected to the Internet, with the difference that he cannot be seen. For example, it allows us limit the websites you can visit the minor through Microsoft Edge to prevent it from ending up in one of the millions of sites not suitable for minors (sites of a sexual nature, gambling, violence, etc.). If the minor tries to reach one of these sites, the connection will automatically be blocked.
It also helps us establish good screen usage habits, limiting the time that they can be in front of the PC and the range of hours in which they can do it. It also allows us to control that the applications or games that minors buy, download and run are according to their age. We can even limit purchases and manually add balance to keep spending under control, a very important aspect that many overlook.
To make sure nothing is overlooked, Windows Defender can generate weekly reports with the activity of minors online, being able to know in detail what minors do on the Internet and further limiting this activity.
Finally, Windows Defender will allow us to control the status and security of all the other computers of the family members. In this way, if Windows is out of date, or there is a problem with the antivirus, we can solve it before it is too late.
What do we need to use family options?
Of course, as with antivirus, Microsoft allows us to make use of these features completely free of charge. To do this, we only have to meet two requirements. The first one is have Windows 10 or 11 installed on the computer (of course), and the second that each of the computers (or users, if running from the same PC) has a Different Microsoft account, and these accounts are within a Microsoft family group.
With the child’s account configured as such, we can start to control their activity and prevent them from having problems.