For those with kids, you know that keeping them safe online can present a major challenge. That's where Windows Live OneCare Family Safety, a new Windows Live service, can help. With the Family Safety service, your kids are protected by internet filtering, contact approval, activity reports, and built-in recommendations. The web safe management feature lets you filter the websites you don't want them to see. By working with Live Search, the service can block inappropriate search results. Aind with MSN Encarta, it can help deliver information that's age-appropriate. Activity reports are provided which show you which sites your kids visit. A contact approval feature lets you know who your kids are talking to on IM (Windows Live Messenger), email (Windows Live Mail), or on their blogs (Windows Live Spaces). You can approve or disapprove each contact they add. Your child can also ask for your permission to see a blocked site or add a contact right from the web. No matter where you are, you can review and block these requests as you see fit from any internet-connected PC. Based on the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics and other sources, the Family Safety service offers some default settings based on the age of the child. You can then tweak these settings as needed. The service runs on Windows XP SP2+ or Windows Vista.
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