Whether you’re a Windows or Mac user, you can make the most of built-in parental controls.

Find out how to do things like restrict your child’s Web access, set time limits and block specific programs so that you can help protect your son or daughter online.


Windows 10 offers access controls, time limits and activity reports, including reports on the websites, apps and games your child uses. You can set up individual user accounts with different age-appropriate controls. Earlier versions also offer controls but the set-up process differs.

Mac OS X

Parental controls on your Mac let you add a ‘managed user’ so you can limit your child’s access to age-appropriate websites and apps, determine who they are allowed to contact via Mail, Messages and Game Center, set time limits and block use of the computer’s built-in camera.