Modern parents have lots of things to control to make their kids happy and safe. If you want to make sure your child doesn’t look porn or violent content, you need to learn how to block websites right on your son’s or daughter’s Mac.
The tips we have prepared for you in this article will also be useful for employers who want their employees to work in the office without any distractions such as social media and YouTube. We tried to cover all popular web browsers such as Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.
Websites Blocking Methods and Techniques for Macs
The list of reasons why you may want to learn how to block websites on Mac is long. The most popular ones are kids looking inappropriate content and meeting online bullies. The other one is when your employees waste their time chatting and messing around with Facebook and other social media. So, you just want those people to be able to interact with the whole web, but be safe and productive.
The best method to protect your kids and make your employees work is to install a special monitoring and blocking the application on Mac. The list of such programs is really long, and you will easily find one that will fit your requirements and expectations. Such applications often have versions for both computer and smartphone.
The most popular ones are Norton Family, mSpy, Net Nanny, Xnspy, etc. These apps can deal with various tasks on few different devices and work as an entire family guard. You can not only block websites but also monitor all text messages, view media files and even track GPS location of the target device.
Those programs require purchasing of a month or year subscription and often mostly have the same price. Also, most of those spying apps have trial versions so you can find the best one that fits your expectations.
But in case you don’t need any of those spy features and just want to block some particular websites, it will be easier and cheaper for you to use few special settings on your Mac. Please note that the tips we have described in this article work for every separate Mac account, but the main one will be still able to watch any website.
So, make sure your kid uses his or her own separate account to access the web and doesn’t have any admin rights on it. Also, you should note that restrictions will be set to all browsers installed on the target Mac. So you don`t need to set any restrictions on every browser separately.
Launch Parental Controls
First of all, you need to open System Preferences using the dock or apple icon at the top-left corner of your screen. In this window, you will see Parental Control section. Select it.
New User Account
In case there is no separate user account for your kid, you need to create one. It should be non-administrator. In the Parental Control window, you need to select ‘Create a new user account with parental controls’ and choose Continue.
It is very easy to create new user account. Just fill in those five fields you see. You should give a name to the account, create a password, and give a hint of it.
If you already have any non-administrator accounts, you need to skip this step and go further to the Web Parental Controls section.
Web Parental Controls
When you created a separate non-administrator account, you can start with setting controls. There is a nice list of various parental control options. You can block not just certain websites, but even apps and contacts your kid uses on his Mac. Besides that, you can also set the particular time frame the system will be available for the user. But let’s focus on the websites blocking features first.
So, first of all, you need to make sure you are dealing with the correct user account with no administrator rights. But if there is only one such account, just don’t worry about that. Then you need to select Web bar in new macOS versions and Content in the older ones.
- Automatic Limitation for the Content
- There are three options you can choose.
- Allow the account to view any websites
- Block all adult websites (this feature is based on Apple’s own list of sources. But you can edit the list as you wish)
- Block the account to a whitelist of approved sites.
The second option is the most popular among parents. You need to choose ‘Try to limit access to adult websites automatically.’ The word “Try” is used there because Apple gives no guarantees it knows all adult websites in the world. Then select Customize.
Customize the Blacklist
Here you can make any customization to the blacklist Apple offers by default. You may add websites that Apple is not aware of or remove any source from the list.
You need to tap + symbol on the box and enter the URL address of the site you want to add or remove. Then just press OK.
Also, to make it even safer for your kid, you can deal with the whitelist method. In this case, you have total control over websites your kid is allowed to visit. There is no way your kid will get access to any other website but those you have added to the whitelist.
You need to select the third option called ‘Allow access to only these websites.’ Then you can start creating the list. You can use the list Apple suggests to you. As in the case of the blacklist you can also add or remove any websites in the list. You need to press + symbol to organize those websites or add a new one to the list. Press – to remove the website completely. In this case, it will be banned, and your kid will have no access to it.
After finishing your list just click on the icon to save and lock the changes. Note, that those settings can be changed only after filling in the correct password you have set earlier.