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Use this tag for questions about ways parents can control devices, including limiting age inappropriate content, controlling the usage of devices and tracking the location and activity of devices.

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Is there a way to hide and password protect a Macbook menu bar item? Or permanently remove it from the menu bar? Not nefarious, I swear :)

I am using a NextDNS to filter web traffic for my family's devices. NextDNS currently shows in the menu bar and can be toggled on and off with a simple click, which defeats the entire purpose of the ...
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Can I override age restrictions for specific apps?

My young teenager has an iPhone with parental controls turned on. One setting will only allow apps rated 12+. I prefer 12+ as a default setting, but there are a couple of 17+ apps that I find ...
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Blocking websites with Screen Time

I'm trying to block distracting websites using Screen Time. It seems I have to select the 'Limit Adult Websites' option and then add a restricted URL. I've tried to restrict YouTube but the settings ...
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MacOS Parental controls - constant website requests and inconsistent permissions

So I have set up parental controls for my little brother on a MacBook with MacOS High Sierra, with only a few websites permitted. Problem 1: I get CONSTANT requests to whitelist some random Subdomains....
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Force ipad to ask Apple ID password when install new software

I understand it’s convenient to avoid entering a password when using app store. For parental control purpose, how can I enforce the use of apple id password when using the app store every time?
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How to get App Limits working?

I'd like so set a 6 hour App Limit for a specific apps. However, after setting the limit, the app is immediately limited. This is well before the 6 hours runs out. Thoughts on how to get app ...
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Parental controls still enabled under Ventura after using Migration Assistant from an El Capitan machine; Screen Time is off

My son was using an old Mac Mini running El Capitan. Parental Controls were enabled on this machine. Recently I bought him a newer Mac Mini. It's running Ventura. I migrated all his data from his old ...
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Screen Time is not asking for a passcode in Ventura

I've setup Screen Time on my laptop so that Down Time comes on at 1am. It's password protected... but whenever I open an app that's supposedly not allowed, I'm prompted with this window: If I just ...
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Disconnect screen time requests from messages

Some time earlier this year I started getting my child's screen time requests in the Messages app. This has become really annoying. The whole thing seems half-baked and there are several issues: Each ...
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Downtime is on when in Settings it says it is off [duplicate]

Every week on Monday downtime turns on and I can't do anything outside the limitations my dad has set for me. Every time I get downtimed, I go into Settings>Screen Time and i see that downtime is ...
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Screen Time: App Limits removed but still applying

I previously set up App Limits for myself but decided to remove them yesterday. However, my use of the apps was still limited today. Afterwards, I tried disabling app usage tracking completely to see ...
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Prevent iPhone being reset to factory settings and changing the Apple ID associated to bypass ScreenTime

It's my personal parent control issue. I have an iPhone and MacBook which has screen time. My kid can bypass it By spamming unlock it seems that there is a way to prolong extra time endlessly! By ...
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How to I prevent a Standard user from booting into Safe Mode?

I am the admin of my son's Mac. When he boots into Safe Mode, the parental control software is disabled and I am not able to block certain apps, or websites or track his web activities. Apple Screen ...
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ScreenTime: macOs Fullscreen Bug?

We have configured our kids' devices to use Apple's Screentime limits. This works more or less well on iOS, having disabled Safari because it's per-domain handling of screentime limits is confusing. ...
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How to determine which device Ask To Buy appears on?

I use parental controls and Ask to Buy on child devices so we can approve purchases. This generally works great. I have my primary iOS device, an iPhone, then a couple secondary devices - an iPad and ...
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Can I set up weeklong time limit using Parental Controls?

Is it possible to set up a system where daily time limits are in place, while having a weeklong, continuous total allowed time? For example, a total of 14 hours per week which can be budgeted, while ...
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Parental control of a child's iPhone without using a second iPhone device

I have just set up an iPhone for my child, for which I have created a normal AppleID (with my adult age). I would like to limit this phone to only a limited set of apps. (for example screen-time ...
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My son's screen time does not appear on one of my devices even though I can see his permission request from the device

I have 6 iOS 15 devices, among them, 5 are using same apple id, as parent devices another one is using child apple id. Previously parent controls worked well and child screen time were showed on all ...
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Hide app on iPhone so it only shows in search, not as a suggestion in App Library

I'm trying to make a phone idiot-proof (or at least idiot-resistant) for a toddler. I'm not worried about content at this stage, but about breaking things. I know I can remove apps I don't want at all,...
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allow app store access but no purchases

My understanding is that iOS parental controls let you (a) disallow in-app purchases, and/or (b) hide the app store altogether. I am hoping for an option where the child can browse the app store and ...
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Is there a way to geofence (block) iPhone data usage?

I am trying to figure out a way to block data usage when an iPhone is in a certain location, specifically, my home. The use case is this: The phone is my child's. The phone uses WiFi at home. The WiFi ...
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Is there a log kept of when a parental control time limit extension is granted?

My kids use a Mac which is running a version of macOS prior to Big Sur (i.e. before the huge redesign of how parental controls work). To limit screen time, they have a set amount of time before "...
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Can I use Chrome Enterprise deployment to secure extensions on my child's Mac?

I want to 'force install' some extensions on my son's Mac (to limit access to sites), and was looking at Chrome Deployment documentation. I'm at a loss on the last step ... is there a way to install ...
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Can I get the old Parental Controls back?

I just upgraded my OS from High Sierra to Big Sur, and I hate the new "Screen Time" instead of Parental Controls. I LOVED using the parental controls as a way to block/limit my kids' ...
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Is there a way to limit computer time for a child on Big Sur?

One of the things that I always mentioned to people with children in the past is that macOS was great about limiting screen time through the Parental Controls preference applet. For example, you could ...
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Parental control software for iPhone11 and Apple devices in general

Apple is known for the hard restriction of privacy which makes it hard to get lots of deep monitoring (or spying) features such as reading social messages to work on non jail-broken devices. iOS14 is ...
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Getting slow internet response for browsers other than Safari (MacOS Mojave)

I got a strange error message that might pertain to the issue: The operation couldn’t be completed. (OSStatus error -9806.) Recently, I did do a little bit of file deletions by name (a measure to ...
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iOS Shortcuts restrict "Get Contents of URL"

I have restrictions set on an iPhone to restrict web access to a whitelist. However, Using Shortcuts you can somewhat circumvent this and view any website content by using Get Contents of URL in ...
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Remove preinstalled apps on Big Sur MacBook Pro M1 [duplicate]

Sorry for my English, I'm French and I've given up trying to remove preinstalled apps like Tv.app and FaceTime. app. I have tried a lot (even with SIP disabled) but nothing works. I'm kind very ...
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"sudo crontab -e" not updating /etc/hosts

In my /etc/hosts file, I have records like this: 127.0.0.1 www.youtube.com To keep me from getting distracted. When I need something on one of the sites I have blocked, I add # to the beginning of ...
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Can't seem to remove or alter website blocking restrictions on iPhone 6

having given my daughter an old iPhone 6 (latest ios12) to use around the house I'm struggling to unblock certain websites. The error messages are slightly different whether in Safari directly or an ...
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How to block specific apps on an iPhone

I'm having a hard time configuring my daughter's iPhone with Screen time. I would like to completely block some apps during the weekdays and allow some time for them during the weekends. Screen time ...
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How to enforce time limits on Mac with a password?

I'd like to set time limits for when applications can be used on my Mac using the system parental controls. I went into screen time and set rules for when all applications could be used and then I set ...
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What does Screen Time limit? [closed]

When you allow 15 minutes for, say, YouTube, does the clock only run while the child watches YouTube or will YouTube time out after 15 minutes even if they don't watch it?
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Is there a way to whitelist a range of IP addresses for parental control?

The IP addresses in /Library/Managed\ Preferences/<user>/com.apple.familcontrols.contentfilter.plist are each listed separately. Is there a way to add a range of addresses? Many companies (...
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Cannot disable parental controls for Admin user

I wanted to put parental controls on my computer before I learned that administrator users can't have parental controls (makes sense to me now). But somehow I still managed to enable parental controls ...
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How can I irreversibly prevent Safari from being used for web browsing?

I have a content blocker set up just the way I want it as a Firefox extension, but I've recently been cheating by switching over to Safari. I want to reclaim distraction-free browsing but after an ...
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"YouTube Kids" is cleaner than regular YouTube. Sadly, I haven't found any method of disabling autoplay. If it's possible, how can I disable autoplay?

My question How can I disable the YouTube Kids autoplay feature — on iOS, on MacOS, or on any other platform? Please assume: I own a non-jailbroken iPhone. I have administrator rights on my computer. ...
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How to track screentime of Java apps with Catalina

I am using macOS screen time as a mechanism for parental controls. Before updating to Catalina, the screen time tracked the total time a user was logged in with his/her credentials, regardless of what ...
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Is there a way to prevent my use of my Mac during certain hours?

For instance by not being able to login between 7pm and 7am. That is for myself, for my own user account on my Mac. I'd like to make sure I can't use my Mac during night time. I'm using macOS 10.14....
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Is it possible to whitelist contacts using the iOS iMessage app or iOS parental controls?

I would like to use the iOS parental controls (aka Screen Time) to allow a family member to only call or text specifically whitelisted contacts or numbers. As far as I can tell this is not possible ...
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Managing a Child's iPad Without Another Apple Device?

I just purchased an iPad for my child. This iPad is the only Apple device that I own. After it arrived, I realized after the fact that iPads apparently do not support more than one user, which is news ...
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How can I whitelist applications for users?

We had few MacBooks where users without admin rights had Parental Control turned on and could open only whitelisted apps. It was working very well and it was everything we needed really. With macOS ...
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Is there a way to configure whitelisted websites via terminal?

We currently have parental controls configured on our company Macs that we deploy however it looks like the option for parental control is greyed out and there is a website that is being blocked that ...
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How do I add Unix executables to the Parental Controls 'Allowed Apps' whitelist?

One example is some of Karabiner's executables, I get popups saying "You don't have permission to use the application "karabiner_grabber." as well as karabiner_console_user_server and a few others. ...
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Movie from iTunes: We've determined that your purchase does not meet the conditions for a refund

My toddler bought a random movie on Apple TV by accident (even a foreign language). I tried to use a form to get a refund (Ask Different how-to): how do you cancel a pending purchase in iTunes ...
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Chrome browser ignoring parental controls

I'm running MacOS 10.13.6 and it seems that the Chrome browser is ignoring the parental controls that I've set up for kids' accounts. If I try to go to a particular website in Safari it blocks it. ...
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Additional screen time allowance request: when does it time out?

I am setting up screen time / parental controls for my family. Now a user asked me for additional minutes via screen time. 15mins for camera, 15mins for photos. I granted this allowance. The user ...
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How to set cumulative Screen Time Allowances?

I am setting up screen time with parental controls for our family. I would like to grant the following allowance to a user: All apps and categories: 30mins Camera app + 15mins Photos app + 15mins ...
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How can I block using of YouTube app as well as YouTube website in all browsers on iPhone 5s?

My 10-year-old son is using YouTube every day for like 5-6 hours on his iPhone 5s. Is it possible to block using YouTube app as well as accessing www.youtube.com, so that he is not wasting his ...
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