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OS X Lion: Manage your kids’ computer usage

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Manage your kids’ computer usage

As a parent, you want your kids to have a safe and happy experience on the computer. Your Mac keeps an eye out even when you can’t. With simple settings in Parental Controls preferences, you can manage, monitor, and control the time your kids spend on the Mac, the sites they visit, and the people they chat with.

Before you can set up parental controls

Create an account for each child who uses your computer, and turn on parental controls for the account.

Manage a user account with parental controls

Limit apps a child can use

Use the Apps pane of Parental Controls preferences to ensure that your children use only applications that are appropriate to their age.

The Apps pane of Parental Controls preferences

Set limits on App Store and other applications

Limit Internet access

Use the Web pane of Parental Controls preferences to prevent children from viewing inappropriate websites when using Safari.

The Web pane of Parental Controls preferences

Filter inappropriate Internet content

Limit iChat and Mail contacts

Use the People pane of Parental Controls preferences to limit chatting and email to only contacts you approve.

The People pane of Parental Controls preferences

Set limits on email

Set limits on instant messaging

Limit computer usage

Use the Time Limits pane of Parental Controls preferences to regulate when your children can use the computer .

The Time Limits Pane of Parental Controls preferences

Set time limits on computer use

Last Modified: Oct 30, 2013
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