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November 11, 2010, 03:51:57 pm

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Xbox Live Safety Groups explained

Microsoft now lets users apply varying Online Safety Group permissions to their Xbox Live accounts; they've "always existed" just not been exposed before.

It's an easy way for users to choose the "desired level of protection" they want, without having to "customize every aspect." We can still "tinker" though.

"As Xbox LIVE expands to provide more experiences, we will sometimes need to create new online safety settings. Doing so is a delicate balance. We do not want to overwhelm users with an unmanageably long list, but we also do not want to shoehorn in protecting the new experiences with the old if they are not a good fit," said Xbox's Engineering Blog.

"One side risks making online safety management a chore and the other side risks forcing users to choose between blocking experiences they want in order to block experiences they don’t." The dashboard update made these Safety Groups visible.

"Adding to the dilemma is the fact that we have users on both sides of the argument. Some people love tweaking individual settings, while others prefer simple, smart-choice interfaces." We get Adult, Teen and Child as template groups.

"Online safety groups have always existed, but have never been exposed to our users. When you create your Xbox LIVE account, your birth date is just one of the pieces of information we request. That date, combined with your profile's locale (set at account creation), is used to determine your default online safety settings," they continued.

"Your locale tells us at what age you are considered to be an adult, a teen, or a child. These age groups correspond to our online safety groups. These intelligent defaults provide new members with an age-appropriate level of access to Xbox LIVE features."

We can however fully customise our protection as well. For a very full explanation behind Microsoft's system you should check out their Engineering Blog post.