Can your kid login to your Mac while you are asleep? Can they spend as much time as they want on it? You can fix those issues by setting up time limits using the built in parental controls. Learn how in 60 seconds.
Do you have a Mac in your home? Well we know a lot of you guys do and you’re probably wondering how can I put some limits on when my child can use it and how can I put screen time limits. So, I’m sure that they’re not on it all the time. Well we’re going to talk about how you use the Mac child accounts and how you’re actually able to set screen time limits. So we’re going to make you a better digital parent in just 60 seconds or less. Here we go.
To set screen time limits on your Mac first you’re going to need to go to system preferences, click on Apple menu and then click system preferences. Now you’re going to click parental controls but you’re going to need to set up a child account. Now we’ll give you a link to that in the description if you haven’t done that yet. But we’re going to go ahead and click the lock icon.
That’s going to allow us to make changes and if your lock icon is locked, do the same. Now we’re going to click on the child account that we want manage. And if you notice we have a time tab that we can click on here. Now, Apple gives you a few things that you can control. For example, we can set a specific limit in terms of the amount of time the child can use the computer on weekdays.
And we also can set a different one on the weekends. If you want to allow your child to actually use an hour a day during the week and then potentially an hour and a half on the weekend you can configure that here. The other key element is that you can configure a bedtime. So we’re going to go ahead and say for school nights, we’re going to set it from 8 PM to 6 AM and then on the weekend maybe we’ll give them an extra hour 9 PM to 6AM and they won’t be able to access the computer during that time. So, that’s how you configure screen time limits on your Mac.