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Following on from a look at setting up restrictions on iOS in last week's tip video, we turn our attention to the Mac. In a similar fashion, it's possible to setup restrictions on the Mac using Parental Controls inside System Preferences.

Parental Controls allow you to restrict access to apps, web browsing and much more. You can even set time periods as well as time limits of allowed usage.

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Kyle McDonald

Don, thanks for this. I intended to set this up on my son's MacBook Air to control the amount of time he spends on YouTube. Your helpful explanation prompted me to do so.

One thing I discovered is that an account subject to parental control cannot change anything in the network preference pane. That was going to be a problem for us, because my boy's computer is used at his school, and he will need access to the network preferences.

After much searching, I found a way of using terminal to allow all users access to the network preferences. It's not for the faint-hearted, but it does work. The info I found is available at https://www.jamf.com/jamf-nation/discussions/8997/unlock-system-preferences-in-10-9.

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Hi Kyle, thanks for the tip - looks very useful.

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