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How to Set Up Mac Parental Controls for Your Kids?

By Zack Morris | Jul 02, 2018 03:54 pm

The majority of families will have a shared computer. Setting Mac parental controls is important to limit kids' access to websites, apps, and create computer time schedules. MacBook parental controls will also keep your private data safe. Setting Mac OS parental controls is not as complicated as you might be thinking right now. In this article, we will take you through the whole process of enabling MacBook Air parental controls step by step.

Part 1: How to Set Up Parental Controls on MacBook?

Creating Your Kid's Account

To set up Mac parental controls, you need a "managed account". To set up this account, follow the steps we have outlined below:

Step #1: Launch System Preferences and then tap User & Groups.

Step #2: On the bottom-left of your screen, tap the Plus (+) button.

Step #3: For the account type, choose Managed with Parental Controls.

Step #4: Enter the account details. Select the age group, Enter the name of the account, and create the account password.

Step #5: Tap Create User.

creating your kid's account

Setting MacBook Parental Controls

After creating the managed account, you now can set the Mac OS parental controls. The following steps should help you do this:

Step #1: Launch System Preferences and tap Parental Controls.

Step #2: Tap the lock icon and use your Administrator password and username to login.

Step #3: Click the user account you would like to manage. If the "Parental controls are turned off for this account" error appears, it means that the account was not set up as a managed account. You can enable Mac OS parental controls for the account by simply tapping the Enable Parental Controls button.

Step #4: Select the features you would like to allow or block in the account.

Step #5: After selecting the features to block or allow, tap the lock icon. This will make sure that your kid cannot change the installed MacBook parental controls.

 Setting MacBook Parental Controls

Part 2: Copy Mac Parental Control Settings from One Account to Another

Creating a managed account on a Mac and setting the Mac parental controls takes too much time. If you have already set up a managed account before and you wish to create a new one, Mac makes it easier for you to copy the mac parental controls you have on the old account to the new one. This will save you time. Below, we show you how to copy MacBook parental controls from one account to the other.

Step #1: On the top-right of your Mac's screen, click on the Apple Logo. A menu should appear. Select System Preferences.

Step #2: In the system settings panel, tap Parental Controls.

Step #3: On the bottom-left of the interface, tap the lock icon. Enter your administrator password and username and tap Unlock.

Step #4: Select the managed account whose Mac OS parental controls you would like to copy to another account.

Step #5: After choosing the account, tap the gear icon (settings icon). This is available at the bottom of the page. Choose Copy Settings for [Username]. Username here stands for the name of the account whose MacBook air parental controls you intend to copy.

Step #6:  Choose the account you wish to apply the copied Mac parental controls.

Step #7: If parental controls are not already enabled in the account, tap Enable Parental Controls to enable them.

Step #8: After enabling MacBook parental controls, tap the account name and then tap the Settings icon. Tap Paste Settings to [Username]. Username now is the name of the new account you intend to paste the parental controls you had initially copied.

Step #9: Click the lock icon to make sure that no one can change the MacBook air parental controls you just pasted.

Copy Mac Parental Control Settings from One Account to Another

Part 3: Best Parental Control Tool for MacBook and iPhone

The methods we have outlined above will help you set up Mac parental controls. However, as your kids grow older, they will start using their own iOS devices and MacBook. Accessing your teenage kid's devices to set parental controls will not work.

The best thing you can do is monitor what these kids are doing on their devices and then provide guidance. You wouldn't want your kids to know that you are monitoring their devices. Therefore, the best tool you can use is one which will allow remote monitoring.

MoniMaster, previously named Spymer, is the tool you should use. This tool will help you monitor all iOS devices. MoniMaster only requires you to have the Apple ID and password of the target person for it to work. Since Apple ID can be used on all the three kinds of Apple devices, technically MoniMaster can be used to track MacBook as well, besides iPhone and iPad.

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Summary

Setting Mac parental controls is easy. This article should take you through setting MacBook air parental controls. Although Mac OS parental controls may work on younger kids, they will not work on older kids. The best thing you can do to make sure that technology does not influence the older kids negatively is to provide guidance. MoniMaster helps you monitor your teenage kids' devices so that you can be in a better position to provide guidance.  

Note: The tools introduced in this post shall be used only with the aim of parental control. Please read the End User License Agreement (EULA) carefully before downloading or installing the software. MoniMaster takes no responsibility for any illegal use of this tool.