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OS X Mountain Lion: Set time limits on computer use

Set time limits on computer use

You can use parental controls to limit how much a user can use the computer. You can set limits on the total hours the computer is used during each day and prevent the computer from being used during evenings and weekends.

To set time limits for a user, you must first turn on parental controls for the user.

Manage a user with parental controls

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, and then click Parental Controls.
  2. If the lock is locked, click it and enter an administrator name and password.
  3. Select the user you want to control, click People, and then select Time Limits.
  4. To set a maximum amount of time that the computer can be used during the week (Monday through Friday), select “Limit computer use to” under “Weekday time limits,” and then drag the slider to adjust the number of hours per day the computer can be used.
  5. To set a maximum amount of time that the computer can be used during the weekend, select “Limit computer use to” under “Weekend time limits,” and then drag the slider to adjust the number of hours per day the computer can be used.
  6. To restrict computer use on evenings prior to a weekday (Sunday night through Thursday night), select “School nights” under Bedtime, and then specify the time period during which you want to block use of the computer.
  7. To restrict computer use on Friday night and Saturday night, select Weekend under Bedtime, and then specify the time period during which you want to block computer use.
Last Modified: Aug 8, 2013
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