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How to set parental controls

Setting up parental controls is an important step in keeping your family safe online. Select your device or operating system below to get started with a step by step guide

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Setting up a

Here's a handy list of instructions on how to setup Mac desktops & laptops.


(~10 Minute Setup Time Per Device)

1.  We recommend managing and restricting what your child can access by using Family Sharing

WHY? Think of Family Sharing kind of like an umbrella you might use to protect your children from rain. It allows you to protect them from inappropriate content, link in with what they are doing online, see what they are downloading, and who and what they are able to access. It leaves you as the parent, in control. 

  1. On your Mac, do one of the following:
    • If you’re using Family Sharing: Log into your Mac user account, then make sure you’re signed in with your Apple ID. 
    • If you aren’t using Family Sharing: Log into the child’s Mac user account.
  2. Choose Apple Menu > System Preferences, then click Screen Time.
  3. If you’re using Family Sharing, click the pop-up menu in the sidebar, then choose a child.
  4. Click Options in the lower-left corner of the sidebar.
  5. Click Turn On in the upper-right corner.
  6. Select any of the following options:
    • Include Website Data: Select this option if you want Screen Time reports to include details about the specific websites visited. If you don’t select this option, websites are just reported as Safari usage.
    • Use Screen Time Passcode: Select this option to keep Screen Time settings from being changed and to require a passcode to allow additional time when limits expire.
  7. If you want to, do any of the following:
    • Click Downtime in the sidebar, then set up a downtime schedule.
    • Click App Limits in the sidebar, then set time limits for apps and websites.
    • Click Always Allowed in the sidebar, then choose apps that can be used anytime.
    • Click Content & Privacy in the sidebar, then set up content & privacy restrictions.

*For set up Instructions to view downloads or purchases made by family members click here.

2. Turn off Siri

WHY: If Siri remains active, it creates a back door to access inappropriate content even when restriction settings are turned on

  1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Siri.
  2. Untick the Enable Ask Siri tick box.