3 steps to safer online gaming with Xbox

If your kids play games using Xbox 360 or Kinect for Xbox 360, or go on Xbox Live, you might wonder what kind of access they have to other gamers online and whether you can limit that access. Read on to find out how.

1.    Adjust your privacy settings

Xbox offers a number of privacy and safety settings that allow you to choose what information you display about yourself and who can contact you. You can adjust these settings for yourself and create stricter settings to Xbox accounts for children.

To learn more, see Privacy on Xbox 360 and Xbox Live.

2.    Use parental controls

Xbox parental controls allow you control things such as:

  • Which games can be played
  • Which movies and TV shows can be watched
  • How long each family member can use the console on a daily or weekly basis

To learn more, watch this video about parental controls.

3.    Understand game ratings

The Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) uses a standard rating to help you determine whether a video game is appropriate for your child. For example, titles rated E (for “Everyone”) have content appropriate for children ages 6 and up, whereas titles rated M (for “Mature”) have content that might be suitable for ages 17 and up.

Learn about the game ratings that Xbox supports.

About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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