Along with the other recent updates to Windows Live Essentials, Family Safety has been updated. The new build no longer requires parents to register a Windows Live ID for each child account added; the software now relies on Windows user accounts. More changes include fewer consent prompts and faster web surfing, compared to previous versions of Family Safety. Brandon LeBlanc says:
Windows Live Family Safety is designed to help parents keep their children safer online. It offers parents the ability to manage which websites their kids can visit, as well as the list of contacts they can communicate with when using the Windows Live services such as Windows Live Spaces, Hotmail and Messenger. It can also generate a report for parents so that they can monitor their children’s computer and online activity. The best part is it lets parents monitor what their kids are doing from anywhere they are online—from any Windows Vista or Windows 7 PC that has web access and that parents have administrative rights to (via http://fss.live.com).