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Parents’ Guide for Setting Parental Controls on Safari

August 18, 2016
Parental Controls on Safari

Are you an Apple device owner who uses Safari as the primary Internet browser? That’s quite a good choice. Would you like to protect your kids from inappropriate sites when they are online? That’s a very reasonable decision. To be safe, children should not visit sites that contain adult materials, as well as those sites that feature alcohol, drugs, violence, etc. How can you blacklist such websites to prevent kids from visiting them accidentally (or intentionally)? Rather easy. To do this, you just need to know how to set parental controls on Safari.

Below, you will find out how to implement Safari content filter on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Thus, your children will be 100% protected no matter which device they use. Without further ado, let’s get it started.

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Setting parental controls on Safari for Mac

So, you’ve decided to filter out websites you consider insecure for your kids. To do so, you need to create a managed account on your Mac with parental controls for your children.

  1. In the Accounts window, pick the Enable Parental Controls Thus, you will become the manager of your child’s account.
  2. In the Accounts window, choose Open Parental Controls. You can also pick Parental Controls inside System Preferences. The result would be the same.
  3. In the Parental Controls window, select your kid’s name in the list on the left.

When you do so, you will see that you can implement your control for System, Content, Mail & iChat, Time Limits, and Logs.

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  • Parents can choose the Use Simple Finder box. There would be only three folders accessible: My Applications, Documents, and Shared. In the System view, it is possible to select whether your kid can manage printers, record CDs and DVDs, alter entering a password, etc., while doc modification is strictly forbidden.

  • If parents pick this tab, they would be able to filter out 4-letter words within the Dictionary. There’s an option to restrict web access. Clicking Customize allows listing the approved sites and blocking inappropriate ones. Also, there is a directory of the web pages approved by Apple. To check them out, it is necessary to click Allow Access to Only These Websites.
  • Mail & iChat. Parents can select the recipients of their kid’s emails. They need to pick Limit Mail and/or Limit iChat. If the child tries to chat with someone who is not on the list, parents will get an e-mail permission request.
  • Time Limits. Parents can implement weekday and weekend time restrictions. It’s a good thing to limit kid’s screen time (for example, during dinner time or late at night). There’s a warning signalizing the child to save their docs before the system shuts down.
  • Parents can see the list of sites their kid visited or tried to visit, the apps they used, and people they chatted with. It is possible to log activity for different time intervals: a week, a month, three months, etc. Logs can be grouped by date or contact.

Also, you can manage parental controls remotely provided that all the Macs operate in your home network. To do it, in the lower-left corner of Parental Control window, pick the gear icon right above the padlock. Choose Allow Remote Setup from the pop-up menu. Do just the same on each Mac where you would like to set Safari parental settings.

How to set parental controls on Safari for iPhone and iPad

You will find the following instructions useful if your kid has got iPhone or iPad or borrow your devices from time to time. Whatever the case, take a look at the guide below. Use automatic settings, as well as the blacklist feature, to filter particular content and to prevent your children from clicking on links leading to insecure sites.

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To add sites to the blacklist in Safari for iPhone and iPade, do the following:

  1. Start the Setting app from the Home screen and tap General.
  2. Then tap Restrictions and proceed with Enable Restrictions.
  3. Come up with a 4-digit password and enter it two times to
  4. Under Allowed Content, tap on Websites.
  5. Under the Allowed Websites section, tap on Limit Adult Content.
  6. Under Never Allow, pick Add a Website and type the URL of the site.
  7. Once you finished, tap Done.

You are supposed to repeat the same steps for each website you’d like to limit the access to.

Using Safari child protection features is a quick and simple way to ensure basic protection from objectionable content on Mac and Apple mobile devices for your kids. However, even having enabled the protection via Safari, you shouldn’t relax and rest assured that there is no danger for your children online. The thing is that control and restrictions are the most efficient when combined with the trustworthy relationship between parents and kids. Thus, even if your little ones find out the way to work around limitations, the chances are they wouldn’t do it anyway.

Do you use parental controls for browsers? Share your knowledge with us!

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