Since the start of the pandemic, gaming has kept people connected, but even Microsoft knows that too much of the good thing can hurt and that “gaming should be part of a balanced life.” With that in mind, it is rolling out the official Xbox Family Sharing app. Available for iOS and Android, the app allows parents and guardians to create accounts for children and teens, set screen time limits by day of the week, accept or decline friend requests, and more.
Microsoft released a preview of the app in May. Since then, it has given caregivers more control over their children’s friend lists and allowed caregivers more screen time. Children and teens simply send a request to their adult, and that person can accept or decline the increased screen time. Adults can set content filters and will receive daily and weekly screen time reports for each child.