Xbox Live: Ask your parent to sign in “error”

My son recently got an Xbox One and, as he’s under 18, it’s set up that I have to give permission for him to play online. Just the other day (Saturday, to be precise) he started to see a message saying he needed a responsible adult to sign in before he could play online.

He was able to click “Skip this for now” but I suspect that wouldn’t have worked indefinitely. We also struggled to find what to do about it, since the permissions through my adult account on the Microsoft Family Settings said he was able to play online games already.

So what’s the solution? If we logged in to https://account.microsoft.com/family using my son’s account we got a message saying a parent had to give consent in order to complete his account set up. We then followed the process through, generating an email to my address, and I was able to log in as myself and grant permission for him to play online. It’s important to note that he’s had an account for a few years now (he used to play on my console) and has played online with no issues up to now, so this is a recent change and it turns out it is related to the upcoming GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) that are coming in across the European Union.

So there we go. If your child suddenly started getting this message recently when they try to log in to Xbox LIVE, try logging in to the Family dashboard as your child and see if they also get the message saying they need you to complete consent. Now that we have, my son’s back up and running again.

The Expanse Season 2 Has Arrived On Netflix UK

After what feels like a lifetime, season 2 of The Expanse has arrived on Netflix UK. Season 1 took us to about halfway through Leviathan Wakes, the first book in the series while season 2 finishes that book off and takes us part way through Caliban’s War.

The Expanse, if you’re new to the franchise, follows the adventures of James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante as they try to manoeuvre a complex political landscape consisting of the United Nations, Mars Congressional Republic, and the Outer Planets Alliance. Toss a mysterious aggressor into the mix who seems intent on causing a war, and you’ve got not only some great sci-fi but also a great story of intrigue.

Suffice to say this is one of my top TV picks, but if you’re in the mood for reading ahead the books are well worth a look too (I ended up reading them all so far).

Check out Season 2 of The Expanse on Netflix UK or, if you don’t have a Netflix account, you can pick up season 1 on Amazon.