Set up Screen Time for a child on Mac
The most flexible and convenient way to set up and manage Screen Time for a child is by using Family Sharing. When you use Family Sharing, you can remotely manage and monitor each child’s device usage from your own account on any Mac, iPhone, or iPad. However, if you aren’t using Family Sharing, you can still set up Screen Time for a child by logging in to their Mac account.
On your Mac, do one of the following:
If you’re using Family Sharing: Log in to your Mac user account, then make sure you’re signed in with your Apple ID.
If you aren’t using Family Sharing: Log in to the child’s Mac user account.
Choose Apple menu > System Settings, then click Screen Time in the sidebar. (You may need to scroll down.)
If you’re using Family Sharing, click the pop-up menu on the right, then choose a child.
Turn on Screen Time, then turn on any of the following options:
Include Website Data: Turn on this option if you want Screen Time reports to include details about the specific websites visited. If you don’t turn on this option, websites are just reported as Safari usage.
Use Screen Time Passcode: Turn on this option to keep Screen Time settings from being changed, and to require a passcode to allow additional time when limits expire.
You can also do any of the following in Screen Time settings:
Click Downtime, then set up a downtime schedule.
Click App Limits, then set time limits for apps and websites.
Click Communication Limits, then set communication limits.
Click Communication Safety, then turn on communication safety.
Click Always Allowed, then choose apps that can be used at any time.
Click Content & Privacy, then set up content & privacy restrictions.