Unlike the console-based parental controls on the Xbox 360, which applied the same content restrictions regardless of whether the user was an adult or a child, Xbox One tailors content limits to each user. This functionality, however, requires each user to be signed in with an account. Microsoft recommends that each user of the Xbox One console has their own account. The good news is that, unlike the Xbox 360, each user does not require their own Xbox Live account to play online multi-player gaming because Microsoft’s Home Console Sharing allows all users on one console to share a single Xbox Live account.

When you add an account onto the Xbox One, you will be given the option as to how secure you wish this account and its features to be:

•    Make it fast, magic it magic
Step in front of the Kinect and you are signed in, ready to play. On this Xbox, people can sign you in, change your settings and buy things without extra steps.

•    Check that it is me*
Step in front of the Kinect and you are signed in, ready to play. We will ask for your passkey before you buy things or change your settings, or if you sign in without being recognised.

•    Lock it down
To sign in, buy things, or change your settings, you will need to enter your Microsoft account password.

*Microsoft recommends this as a default for all adult accounts.

Default Settings
When signed in to an Xbox One console, a range of default settings are applied based on the details of the account holder:

Aged 7 years or younger
Accounts are automatically restricted but they can be modified by any adult in the family group.
Content restrictions to games, movies, and apps are applied according to their age.
Web filtering is set to ‘General Interest’.
Explicit channel descriptions in OneGuide are off.
Purchases are blocked.

Aged 8 to 17
Restrictions can be modified by any adult in the family group.
Other users can see the account holder’s full profile.
No content restrictions to games, movies, or apps are applied.
Web filtering is set to ‘Online Communications’.
Explicit channel descriptions in OneGuide are off.
Purchases are blocked.

Aged 18 and above
Adult profiles are not restricted in any way, and online purchases are permissible.

There are two methods to setting up the parental controls on your Xbox One:
•    The ‘Family’ feature enables you to group user accounts together on a console.
All adults in a family group can change the parental controls for all teenagers and children within the group, but they cannot make modifications to any other adults’ accounts.
Teenagers and children can view their parental control settings but cannot modify them.
If there is an adult account on the console that you do not wish to be able to make modifications to others accounts, you can remove their account from the family group, without removing their account from the console.
If an adult account is added to the console but not added to the family group, they will not be able to make modifications to any accounts parental control settings but their own.

•    Alternatively, you can log into each account on the console and restrict them individually. Each account will have the ability to modify their parental control settings although ‘Locked Down’ accounts will require their account password.


Family Group Parental Controls
1.    To begin setting up the parental controls, sign in to your account (not your child’s account).

2.    In the ‘Settings’ menu, you should see ‘Family’, and any accounts that are linked in your family group.


3.    If there are no other accounts in your family group select ‘Add to family’ and add the accounts you wish to restrict either from those existing on your console or create new accounts.

4.    Select the child account that you wish to modify and input the account password if requested. You’ll then be shown the current content restrictions and privacy settings for that account.

5.    Continue on to ‘Manage Account Settings’.



Individual Account Parental Controls
1.    To begin setting up the parental controls, sign in to the account you wish to restrict.

2.    In the ‘Settings’ menu, you should see ‘Privacy & online safety’. You’ll then be shown the current content restrictions and privacy settings for that account.


3.    Continue on to ‘Manage Account Settings’.

Manage Account settings
This is split into two sections, ‘Privacy’ and ‘Content Restrictions’, with multiple subsections.

Privacy
Select from one of four options:
1.    Child defaults – More private

2.    Teen defaults – Moderate

3.    Adult defaults – More social

4.    Custom – This opens up a full list of choices regarding what others and you can do on this account. Each option is clearly explained.
 
 
Others can:
•    See if you are online:
Decide who can see that you are online and what you are doing, to find out if you are available to play.

•    Show what you are watching or listening to:
Decide if others can see the live TV and on-demand videos you are watching and the music you are listening to right now. If you block online status, this is also blocked.

•    Communicate with voice and text:
Decide who to communicate with on Xbox Live using voice and text.

•    See your Xbox profile:
Decide who can see info you choose to add to your Xbox profile.

•    See your game and app history:
Decide who can see your game and app history.

•    See your live TV & on-demand video history:
Decide who can see what live TV and on-demand videos you watched.

•    See your music history:
Decide who can see what music you listened to.

•    See your friends list:
Decide who can see your friends list.

•    See your game clips:
Decide who can see the game clips you make.

•    See your exercise info:
Decide who can see your exercise stats, which include calories burned, time played, and physical activity feedback in certain Kinect games.
 


You can:
•    Buy and download:
Decide what content to allow to buy and download.

•    Join multiplayer games:
Decide to allow or block joining multiplayer games on Xbox Live.

•    Use video for communications:
Decide who to communicate with on Xbox Live using video.

•    Add friends:
Decide to allow or block the ability to add friends on Xbox Live.

•    Share my real name:
Decide whether friends can see your name. You can choose specific friends from your profile.

•    Share my real name with friends of friends:
Decide whether friends of friends can see your name.

•    See details about other people:
Other people can choose to share info like their name, bio, and motto. Whose would you like to see?

•    See content other people have made:
Other people can make and share content. Whose would you like to see? Content already downloaded is not affected.

•    Share game clips:
Decide to allow or block game clip uploads to Xbox Live.

•    Share content made using Kinect:
Decide to allow or block sharing content you create with Kinect outside of Xbox Live.

•    Share outside of Xbox Live:
Decide to allow or block sharing of activity and content from Xbox One to public social networks.

•    Broadcast gameplay:
Decide to allow or block whether you can initiate live broadcasting of your game.

•    Share voice data:
Send samples of my voice data to Microsoft to help improve Microsoft products and services. This information will be associated with my Xbox profile and will not be used for anything else.


Content Restriction
Here there are four subsections for you to go through:
1.    Access to content – Access to content and apps.
Select from ‘Unrestricted’ to ‘Appropriate up to age (3-18)’.

    
2.    Web filtering – Use web filtering to help limit the types of content this person can go to on the internet, and turn on SafeSearch.


Select from:
•    Allow list only – Only websites a parent has added to the Allow list on Xbox.com
•    Designed for children – Includes above, and allows websites designed for children while blocking adult sites
•    General interest – Includes above, and allows general-interest websites while blocking adult sites
•    Basic communication – Includes above, and allows social networking, web chat, and web mail while blocking adult sites
•    Warn on adult – Allows all content, and shows a warning before browsing to adult sites
•    Turned off – No web filtering

3.    Descriptions in OneGuide – Allow descriptions of explicit TV programming in OneGuide? The descriptions of some adult TV programs may be explicitly sexual, violent, or otherwise objectionable. We block descriptions of adult TV programming by default.


4.    Contact preferences


•    Send me offers from Xbox – Send you info and offers about music, video, and games from Xbox.
•    Send me offers from other companies – Decide if products partnered with Xbox, like games and accessories, can send info and promotional offers to your Microsoft account.



Repeat these steps with any further individual accounts or accounts in your family group on which you wish to set up Parental Controls.

For further information or support please visit Microsoft at http://support.xbox.com/en-GB/my-account/security/xbox-one-manage-privacy-and-online-safety.