Comcast Xfinity WiFi adds new parental control tool – here's how to enable it

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Comcast has announced a new parental control feature for its Xfinity WiFi subscribers.

Available immediately, the tool allows parents to set a daily time limit for all of their child's devices and will automatically cut-off WiFi access once it is reached.

It's another feather in the cap for one of the best internet service providers around – and activating it is as straightforward as it gets.

Kick your kids offline the easy way

Comcast's new parental control feature is enabled via Xfinity xFi, the ISP's digital dashboard where users control their home WiFi network.

The company explains:

  1. Go to the main xFi page and select the child’s account or profile.
  2. Scroll down and tap ‘Edit’ next to Active Time Limit.
  3. Check ‘Weekdays’ and/or ‘Weekends’ to activate the days you want your child to access the home WiFi network. Toggle to set the time limit that, once reached, will automatically pause the connection to your child’s devices.
  4. Tap ‘Apply Changes.’ Once a child has reached his or her daily limit, the home WiFi connection to all devices associated with the profile will be paused. At any time, parents also can unpause or set a new time limit.

Parents can also instantly pause WiFi connectivity, create content filters that block access to inappropriate websites, and more via the xFi portal.

If you're not a Comcast Xfinity subscriber but still want to keep your kids safe online, our guide to the best internet filter software will help you find the right website blocker for your family.

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