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Let Parents Have the Option to Set Specific Game and App Screen Time Limits

Let me have the option to set specific screen time limits by game or app. Also, give parents the option to exclude games or apps from screen time limits entirely. There should also be notifications for when a specific amount of time has been spent in a game or app as well.

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    AdminGuru Kronos (Admin, Xbox) shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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      • Amy Lathrop commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Xbox, parents need your help. I've spoken to a lot of parents who wish we could set time limits for specific games, not just for the Xbox itself. All we have right now is the ability to block and unblock specific games or set time limits on all use of xbox. The parents I've spoken with have children like mine. They have "issues" that stem from psychological and physical abuse. And many of us still have to send our kids into the Lion's den every week or every other week, because the court erred on the side of Parental Rights over a child's right to not be mistreated. Some of them have stories and resulting issues worse than mine. We have to be more creative in our discipline, boundary setting and compromises as we go through the healing process with our kids, and have to undo the damage and reteach the lessons we've taught a million times over every week. Xbox, your "Simple" parental controls are not simple for us. It is NOT simple to have to log in to our account, block a game, then later go back in a unblock it, every single day. Maybe even several times a day. And that God Forsaken "extend time" pop up....ugh...come on, Xbox. In a perfect world, your parental controls would be magnificent. But, we parents of traumatized children with emotional, psychological and disciplinary struggles find your parental controls problematic, to say the least. We need to not have to log in and block Fortnite at a specific time every day and remember to unblock it again the next day and remember to block it again. This is difficult to do for parents who work and can't access our xbox accounts whenever we want to. I want to be able to set up a 2 hour limit on Fortnite, etc, but allow them option of accessing some of the other games that are less "anger inducing" shall we say. Please consider giving us better/more options. For those that want to just set their controls the way they exist now, they can opt to do that. But for the rest of us, we need something more. Just give us a toggle to "turn on game/app time limits." and then give us the list of apps and games and allow us to set the time limits on them. For anyone that doesn't want to set specific time limits on specific games and apps, then can just keep that option turned off. That wouldn't be that hard, would it? "Simple parental controls" should mean they aren't complicated to set up. Your definition of "simple parental controls" means limited options. Not the same thing. PLEASE consider improving your parental controls to include families who don't live in "Leave it to Beaver" Land.

      • Jason commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Allow and parent account to have time limits set for the parent account. Many teen accounts have been set up as adults in order to play certain games etc, and time limits cannot be imposed upon the profile because it is adult.

      • Mateo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        To be able to set time limit for adult accounts just like to child accounts.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please allow screen limits on adult accounts. The other option is for parents to not allow these accounts to play Xbox at all.

      • Chantal commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The Mai. Account holder should be able to set screen time limits for adult accounts too. Some people have teenagers that have created adult accounts or kids that have created adult accounts. We should be able to have complete control over the family setting.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Pls. solve screen time issue!!!! Option 1: PW-protected screentime limit on XboxOne for any user (adults as well) or option 2: allow this at account level (ie. microsoft account also for adults)

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please allow screen time configurations to work on the Xbox One. Why provide this feature in the account if it is not working correctly?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Allow primary account to be able to set screen time limits on subordinate adult accounts. I gave my kids adult accounts because Microsoft shouldn’t dictate which games I choose to let my kids play, but I still want to regulate their privileges. So either remove the game restriction on child accounts or let me set play time limits on adult accounts.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Allow children to play live on specific games and only with specific gamers. All or nothing, as it is now, means i have to go in and change settings on a regular basis which is not helping parents to parent.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        My child has been playing fortnite and built his 'person' all before we knew about child accounts. Why not allow us to put time limits on adult accounts?

      • Jason Gilbert commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When allowing your child more time on xbox or pc to have the option to extend time to a specific time, e.g 4:30pm or say 45mins more time. I usually extend time from my phone.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Currently you can only assign screen time to kids per days. Please implement the option to give them screen time on a weekly basis (e.g. 150 minutes per week).
        I want to give my kids some flexibility and empower them to take decisions and responsibilty for themselves. I don't want to schedule them like robots.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would very much like to restrict my child's use of a certain game that he is not allowed to play because it i's his brothers game that is rated e for everyone but, again, not his. There is currently no way to block particular apps, so I'd find this very useful

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes! Microsoft, please create a way to set screen times to the master adult account on an Xbox. This is desperately needed by parents. The child account workaround eliminates game progress for games that have been started on adult accounts. Either create a way to transfer progress to child accounts or allow time limits on adult accounts.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Allow for a weekly time allowance as well as daily, that allows child to budget his time if he wants more time in an individual session. So if he doesn’t play Monday or Tuesday he can use that time the rest of the week

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        My child like to play with his friends. If child setting account created, the child couldn't play with is buddies. I had set a child as adult account. I couldn't create screen time. I hate to tell my child to get out every single day. Creating a screen time for adult could solve this problem.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Allow screen time restrictions for adult users. This would allow us to set time restrictions on accounts without having to create a child account and lose game progress. Please!!

      • Jason Sawicki commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Let adults self-impose screen time limits on XBOX or PCs, just like the child accounts. This would be a great way to support personal screen time management, even though it could be edited by the adult at any time.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I set up child accounts to restrict when the Xbox is used as well as for how long. However it turns out to be very cumbersome, e.g. a gold account is to be paid to play fornite (xbox live), and children apparently can't then play with their friends over the net. On top of that there might be scores and points being lost when they start to play through their own account rather than the one from the parents. All very complicated, it would facilitate everything when I could just limit time of playing and hours of usage on the parent account.

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