Filtering for Mac
WebChaver currently offers a filter for the Mac.
Additionally, Mac’s built-in parental controls work well in
conjunction with WebChaver. This guide will help you set up Parental
Controls on your Mac to help you control and monitor a user’s
access to the Internet and the computer.
There are a few important things to remember:
- This guide to Mac Parental Controls only pertains to OS X 10.5.x
and newer. Parental Controls are available on older versions of the
Mac OS but are more difficult to set up.
- To set up and manage Mac Parental Controls, you will need to have
a Managed Account (or a secondary user account) on the computer for
the person being filtered. In other words, the administrator cannot
set up Parental Controls for himself.
- You will need to either be an Administrator on the computer or
have the Administrator password in order to set up and manage the
Setting Up Parental Controls
- To begin, click on the Apple icon in the top left corner of your
screen and select System Preferences. When the System Preferences
menu comes up, click the Parental Controls icon in the System row.
Step 1 - Select "Parental Controls" under "System Preferences"
- The Parental Controls preferences window will open. To maintain
security on this window, you will need to click on the lock in the
lower left corner of the screen and enter the administrator
password. Once you have entered the password, click OK.
Step 2 - Log in to get access to parental
- To start making changes to the controls, select the username you
wish to modify. If you don’t have any other users on your
computer, you will be shown the “Open Accounts
Preferences…” button. Click there to create new
usernames. Once you’ve created a new username, select the name
of the account for which you will set up Parental Controls from the
list on the left. Then check the boxes for “Allow guests to log in
to this computer,” and “Enable parental controls.”
Step 3 - Select the user whose account
you wish to modify
- Click on the “Open Parental Controls…” button.
- If you’re not already on the System tab, click to open it.
This section gives you access to several options for controlling
access to system functions and applications. The majority of these
options are purely a matter of parental preference as to whether you
would like to enable them. In order to run Covenant Eyes, you will
need to have “Only allow selected applications” checked.
- Underneath “Only allow selected applications,” you
may select which applications can be accessed in five different
categories: iLife, Internet, Widgets, Other, and Utilities. Each
category has several application and system options under them.
Click the arrow to the left of the category to view the options. For
the purposes of Covenant Eyes, it is important to enable at least a
web browser and Covenant Eyes.
- You may choose to activate the entire Internet category.
However, it may only be necessary to activate the Internet
browser. (For instance, you may disable Mail and iChat.)
- Under the Other category, you will want to make sure you have
selected Covenant Eyes from the list. If not selected it will not
allow the user to get online. (Note: The option
“Uninstall Covenant Eyes” is also in the Other
category. We recommend leaving this option unchecked so that the
user does not have access to uninstall the Covenant Eyes
Step 6 - Modify system preferences for
- Once you have completed your selections on the System tab, click
on the Content tab for more options. At the top of this section
you’ll have the choice of activating the portion of the filter
that prevents access to profanity in the Mac Dictionary. By checking
the box next to “Hide profanity in Dictionary,” you will limit
access to profanity in dictionaries, thesauruses, Wikipedia, and
- In the Website Restrictions section, you have three filtering
- Allow unrestricted access to websites – As
the name implies, this setting will not filter any websites.
- Try to limit access to adult websites automatically
– Your Mac will automatically filter certain sites. The
Administrator of the account can also add a list of sites that are
allowed or blocked by clicking Customize.
- Allow access to only these websites – This
option prevents the user from accessing sites other than those you
choose and list here. To add sites to the list, click the plus
sign (+) under the list. The list does come pre-loaded with
several suggested fun and educational sites.
Step 8 - Choose how much you want to
restrict the user's Internet access
- On the “Mail & iChat” tab, you can place a limit
on chat and e-mail exchanges to the list of addresses you create on
this page. The addresses on this list are the only ones that will be
allowed to send messages to the account user using Mac mail and
iChat. You can add e-mail addresses by clicking on the (+) button.
You can also request an e-mail any time someone not on this list
attempts to e-mail the user.
Step 9 - Restrict the people who can
contact this Mac user through Mac mail and iChat
- Under “Time Limits,” you can set the amount of time
that a particular user is allowed to access the computer. In the
first two sections, you can set the total amount of time the user is
allowed to use the computer (between 30 minutes and 8 hours) on
weekdays and weeknights. In the last section, you can set specific
times the user is NOT allowed to access the computer. (Note: If
you do not make a selection, system users will be allowed unlimited
Step 10 - Select when and for how long
the user is allowed to access the computer
- Finally, by clicking on the “Logs” tab, the
administrator can view activity logs in four areas: Websites
Visited, Websites Blocked, Applications, and iChat. By selecting a
time period in the Show activity for field, you can view logs from
one day to one year and beyond. The Group by field allows you to
sort the information for easier reading.
- Once you have completed your modifications to the Parental
Control Preferences, you will need to make sure you click back on
the lock in the lower left. After it has closed, no one will be
allowed to make changes without proper authorization.
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