Parental Controls for Mac®

Some people naturally think that using multiple filtering systems is a good way to layer protection in their household and on their devices. So some parents try to use Apple’s free Mac® Parental Controls with Covenant Eyes but then run into issues.

Before You Begin

  • If your Mac® uses macOS® 10.15 Catalina or above, parental controls were replaced with “Screen Time.” We suggest you read our other article to configure the Screen Time Web Content filter.
  • If your Mac® uses macOS® 10.14 Mojave or lower, Parental Controls conflict with Covenant Eyes on Mac®. We recommend that you read this article to disable Parental Controls.
  • If you’re unsure which macOS® version is on your computer, check out How do I find my device’s operating system?

Disable Mac® Parental Controls

  1. Start by locating the Apple icon in the upper left-hand corner of the desktop. Click the icon and select “System Preferences” in the dropdown menu.
  2. A new window will appear and you can select “Users & Groups”.
  3. On the left side of the next screen will be a list of all of the Users. There is padlock below the list, click the lock. You will be asked for the Mac’s Admin credentials. Enter the Mac’s Admin User Name and password and click “Unlock.”
  4. The credentials screen will disappear and the padlock on the Users & Groups screen should now be unlocked.
  5. Any user profile that has Parental Controls enabled will have the word “Managed” below it. Select a managed user and uncheck the box titled “Enable parental controls.”
  6. Repeat step 5 for all profiles.
  7. Restart the Mac®, and you are good to go!

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