Parental controls are a set of filters on your computer, which can help prevent children from the things they shouldn’t see or do online.
You'll need to add a 'managed' account on the Mac for each user you want to apply Parental Controls to. We've written a guide to help you if you're not sure how.
You'll also need to know which operating system version your Mac uses. If you're not sure, click the apple on the left of the menu bar, then click About This Mac - the pop-up window will show the name and version number.
Follow these steps to open the Parental Controls settings:
Click the Apple Logo on the left-hand end of the Menu bar.
Click System Preferences > Parental Controls.
Click the padlock in the lower left corner.
Type in your admin password to allow changes to be made.
Choose a user account on the left.
Click Enable Parental Controls.
Now you've enabled Parental Controls, it's time to check and adjust each area of the settings.
The first section limits access to certain apps and functions:
This section controls website access:
These options control access to Apple's Stores:
Choose when the computer can be used
Control which information apps can use. Untick an option to lock it and prevent new apps from using the data.
This last section covers some more general access settings to restrict hardware and some software features. Use the tick boxes to lock any of the settings.
In older versions of Apple's operating system, OS X, you'll need to follow a different set of steps to open the settings:
Click the Apple Logo in the top left corner.
Click System Preferences > Users & Groups.
Click the padlock in the lower left corner, and type your password when asked.
Choose a user account to configure, then tick the Enable Parental Controls box beside it.
Click Open Parental Controls then type your password when asked.
With the settings open, you'll see that they're laid out like the options shown above, but there are less of them. Use the details above to help you get the controls set up correctly.
That should help you set up Parental Controls on your Mac, but if you'd like to speak to a Teak Knowhow Expert, you can get in touch with us here.
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