Parental controls on your operating system

Mac OS and Windows both include parental controls that enable you to set time limits for your child’s use and restrict access to certain types of content

In both operating systems, parents can set up user accounts for each member of the family with their own unique passwords and then tailor the controls and restrictions to the age and maturity of their child.


Windows 10 offers access controls, time limits and activity reports, including reports on the websites, apps and games your child uses. You can set up individual user accounts with different age-appropriate controls. Earlier versions of Windows also offer controls but the set-up process differs.

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Mac OS

Parental controls in macOS Sierra let you add a managed user so you can limit your child’s access to age-appropriate websites and apps, decide who they can contact via Mail and Messages, prevent access to iTunes, set time limits and block use of the computer’s built-in camera and multi-player games in Game Center. Earlier versions, such as Mac OS X, also offer parental controls.

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