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How to set up parental controls on Mac


If you family uses a shared computer, you can set up parental controls on it. This will help you limit your children’s access to apps, websites and stores, create a schedule for them for computer time, and protect their privacy. Here’s how to help you set up parental controls on your Mac for your kids.

CREATE A USER ACCOUNT

OPEN THE PARENTAL CONTROLS

Option 1: If you just created the user’s account, click on Open Parental Controls on the user screen.


Option 2: if the user’s account already exists, click the Apple logo in your menu, then choose System Preferences > Parental Controls. Click on the lock icon to enable changes and enter your password.

SET UP THE CONTROLS

Apps – Choose access to apps

The first set of controls lets you decide which apps your child should have access to. simply check or uncheck any item. If you choose Limit Mail, you can slick on Manage to provide a list of allowed contacts. You can also enter an email address to be notified if the user tries to exchange messages with someone not on the list.

Web – Set browser restrictions

Choose your option from the three radio buttons displayed for restricted, limited with customization, or specific website access. Most likely, you would pick the third option for allowing only access to certain sites. Click on the + button and choose Add Bookmark to enter a link or choose Add Folder to create a new folder. To remove a link, select it and click on the – button.


Stores – Disable or restrict stores

This section lets you disable access to the iTunes store, iTunes U, and the iBooks store. Just check and uncheck the options as desired. You can also restrict media such s movies, music and books. Just check or uncheck the items as necessary.

Time – Create a computer time schedule

To ensure that your child only has access to the computer during designated times, you can set up a customized schedule.  This makes sure that homework gets done, bedtime is kept and the kids do not overuse the computer.

Privacy – Manage the privacy settings

You can manage the apps requesting access too items like location, photos and contacts. Click the manage Privacy button to make necessary adjustments.

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