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OS X Mountain Lion: Filter inappropriate Internet content

Filter inappropriate Internet content

You can use parental controls to help prevent users from viewing inappropriate content on the Internet when they are using Safari. You can allow access only to specific websites, or the Mac can preview webpages before they are displayed and try to block content that is not suitable for kids.

Note: Although parental controls can try to block known adult websites and filter other inappropriate content, it is not always possible to determine the suitability of information on the web.

To filter Internet content 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. Click the lock if it’s not unlocked, and enter an administrator name and password.
  3. Select a user in the list of users, and then click Web.
  4. In the Website Restrictions section, select the Internet restrictions you want for Safari.
    • To allow Safari to access Internet content without filtering, select “Allow unrestricted access to websites.”

    • To filter inappropriate Internet content or websites, select “Try to limit access to adult websites automatically.”

      To allow or restrict specific sites, click Customize.

    • To limit access to only specific websites, select “Allow access to only these websites.”

      To add a website to the list, click Add (+) below the list, choose Add Bookmark from the pop-up menu, enter a bookmark name and webpage address, and then click OK.

      To add a bookmark folder, click Add (+) below the list, choose Add Folder, and then type a name for the folder.

      To remove a bookmark or bookmark folder from the list, select it and click Delete (-) below the list.

Last Modified: Aug 8, 2013
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