parental controls macmacOS features powerful parental controls that, once enabled, allow you to monitor and restrict the time your children spend on your Mac, ensuring they enjoy a safe and secure experience.

You can set up custom parental controls for each child who will be using your Mac by adding separate user accounts. Alternatively you can set up a guest account for anyone to use, but with parental controls enabled.

The below steps show you how to add a new named account to macOS with parental controls. If you want to turn on parental controls for an existing user account, check out our separate how-to article which guides you through the process.

How to Create a User Account With Parental Controls

  1. Click the Apple () symbol in the top left corner of your Mac's screen and select System Preferences....
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  2. Click Users & Groups.
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  3. Click the lock in the lower left corner of the window.
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  4. Type in your admin password if prompted.
  5. Click Unlock.
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  6. Click the plus (+) at the bottom left of the account column to add a user account.
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  7. In the New Account dropdown, select Managed with Parental Controls, then fill in the account fields, including a new verified password.
  8. Click Create User.

Note that if you select the new user account in the side column, the box next to Enable parental controls is checked.

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To disable parental controls for this account at any time, simply uncheck the box. For more details on managing the restrictions associated with parental controls, click here.

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