Mas­ter parental con­trols

Use your Mac’s built-in tools to make sure your kids have a safe ex­pe­ri­ence when you can’t be there

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Use your Mac’s built-in tools to make sure your kids have a safe ex­pe­ri­ence when you can’t be there – and pre­vent them cir­cum­vent­ing your pro­tec­tions…

There’s no sub­sti­tute for sit­ting with your child when they’re us­ing a com­puter to make sure they don’t see or do any­thing that might be harm­ful. How­ever, which par­ent hasn’t had to di­vide their time be­tween their kids and house­hold chores? As your kids grow older, they may also de­serve a cer­tain amount of pri­vacy when us­ing the fam­ily Mac, too.

For­tu­nately, macOS of­fers the next best thing to watch­ing over your kids’ shoul­ders: parental con­trols. These can be con­fig­ured by creating man­aged user ac­counts for your chil­dren, and you can then en­able or dis­able spe­cific fea­tures. For in­stance, you may choose to dis­able the we­b­cam and iTunes Store al­to­gether, or set time lim­its on when the Mac can be used. Parental con­trols also in­cludes “whitelists” and “black­lists” for web­sites, and apps to make sure your chil­dren are ac­cess­ing only age-ap­pro­pri­ate con­tent. The set­tings are smart and you can make ex­cep­tions on a case-by-case ba­sis.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to set up man­aged ac­counts for your chil­dren, as well as how to tai­lor the parental con­trol op­tions as you see fit. You’ll also dis­cover some com­mon ways tech-savvy kids try to cir­cum­vent parental con­trols, and how you can re­duce the chance of this hap­pen­ing.

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