- You can block websites on a Mac computer using its Parental Controls settings to prevent certain users from accessing certain websites on a Safari browser.
- The Parental Controls feature is also useful for staying on task and limiting personal use on certain websites or apps.
- You can customise Parental Controls to block certain types of content, specific websites, or even stores on your Mac.
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I have a five-year-old son who got his first computer last year, a MacBook Pro. You better believe one of the first things my wife and I did was make sure access to that all but a handful of decidedly kid-friendly websites was blocked.
Blocking websites on a Mac is the best way to ensure children have a safe experience on the web, only seeing content that’s age-appropriate and parent-approved.
And young kids aren’t the only ones who might benefit from blocking sites on Macs – you might want to block a website in order to keep yourself in check while at work or at school.
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How to block websites on a Mac using Parental Controls
The best way to block websites on a Mac is to set up an account with Parental Controls that allows for customised content filtering or blocking.
1. Click the Apple logo at the top left corner of the screen and select “System Preferences…” from the dropdown menu.
2. In the window that pops up, hit the “Parental Controls” icon (it’s a yellow circle with two stick figures inside it, in the bottom row).
3. Select “Create a new user account with parental controls” or “Convert this account to a parental controls account.”
4. If needed, enter the computer’s password for access (note that you may need to hit the padlock icon in the bottom left corner of the screen).
5. If you selected to create a new account, select the age of the user (go for 17+ if this is for a workplace or college), enter a name, and password. Click the blue “Create User” button.
6. Click the word “Web” from the taskbar at the top of the Parental Controls window.
7. To allow access only to specified sites, click the “Allow access to only these websites” option and enter the sites that will be permitted one by one; to block specific websites, click the “Try to limit access to adult websites” option, then hit the “Customise…” button.
8. In the pop-up window, use the plus sign under “Never allow these websites” to enter the names of sites that are always to be blocked, then hit “OK.”
Now just make sure your kid, students, or employees can only log into the account you just configured to limit access, or all that work was for nothing.
And remember that these settings will only apply to Apple’s own browser, Safari. If you want to block websites in Chrome, Firefox, or other browsers, you’ll need to download specific add-ons for those browsers.
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