Xbox 360 Family Timer
This unique option allows you to control the amount of time - either daily or weekly - your children may use the Xbox 360 console. Xbox 360 will enforce your restrictions, even when you can't be in the room to supervise. Family members can see how much time remains by pressing the Guide button on the Xbox controller. When the time expires, the console will automatically shut down and cannot be used again until the Family Timer automatically resets the next day or week.
To set the Family Timer:
- On your console, go to Settings, and then select Family.
- Select On to turn on Console Safety. If you are not seeing Console Safety, select
Content Controls and then select On.
- Enter a four-button pass code using your Xbox 360 controller.
- Select Family Timer.
- Select whether you want to set a Daily or Weekly timer.
- If you select Daily, you can choose how long you want the gamer to have access in 15-minute increments.
- If you select Weekly, you set access in one-hour increments.
- When the Family Timer is set, the gamer will receive warnings before the session expires to allow them to save their progress in the game they are playing.
- When the Timer expires, a pop-up will alert the gamer that the session is ending and will offer three options: Add More Time, Suspend Timer, or Shut Down Console. In order to select the "Add More Time" and "Suspend Timer" functions, the gamer will be required to enter the four-digit pass code.
- Move down to the time period and use the left stick to increase or decrease the time period, then select Continue.
- Select Save and Exit.
Important. Since the Family Timer is set per console and not per gamer, anyone using the console will count against the time limit. By simply using your pass code, parents can suspend the Family Timer or add more time without affecting the settings.
The Family Timer is just one of the ways you can ensure a more balanced and healthier gaming experience for your family. Visit www.GetGameSmart.com for more tools and resources to enjoy games in ways that are safer and more balanced.