Parental Control 101: How to Manage Screentime on Mac to Limit Usage

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From our smartphones to desktops to tablets, we’re surrounded by gadgets and devices. Yes, we do share an inseparable bond with these devices and we’re not afraid to commit that fact. However, there’s always a thin line difference between using a gadget and getting addicted to it. And most of us don’t realize until that line is crossed, and we fall too bad into the dark pit of addiction.

You must’ve heard of smartphone addiction several times and how we can limit our smartphone usage by using Social Fever app and manage our time wisely in doing something productive to connect with our real-life interests. But in this post, we will be particularly talking about Mac and how our kids or prone to using it 24×7 without getting tired. So, did you know there’s a way to manage Screen Time on Mac to limit usage? Thanks to MacOS Catalina for rolling out this useful feature that allows us to manage your kid’s Mac usage. if your kids are spending way too much of their time on Mac, this might help you!

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How to Manage Screentime on Mac

Here’s a quick guide on how to manage Screentime on Mac as a parental control gesture to limit usage and make sure that your kids are not spending too much time on Mac.

Set up Screentime on Mac

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Follow these quick steps to learn how to setup Screentime on Mac, in case you haven’t done it already.

Tap the Apple icon from the top-left corner of your Mac’s desktop and select System Preferences>Screentime.

In the Screentime window, tap on “Options” from the left-hand side menu pane.

Now, check on the “Share across devices” option so that you can enable the same settings on other iOS devices including iPhone, iPad or Mac that you use with the same iCloud account. Another reason why you should check on this option is that you can get a detailed overview analysis on how much time is being spent on all the devices, rather than just one and you can get accurate stats and results from Apple.

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Next, check the “Use Screentime passcode” option to enable Screentime settings with a password so that your kids won’t be able to make any changes in your absence.

Scheduled Downtime

Once you’ve thoroughly learned how to setup Screentime on Mac, here are a few things that you can do to make the most of this Mac parental control feature. You can select the “Downtime” option from the left menu pane of Screentime window.

Scheduling a downtime allows you to set a particular time period away from the screen. So, when Downtime is activated, only a certain set of apps and services will be accessible on your Mac and other iOS devices for which you’ve set permissions.

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For example, you can set an everyday downtime schedule of around 11 PM so that your kids go to sleep on time without spending much time on Mac in later hours of midnight.

App Limits

Next step to manage screentime on Mac is setting App limits. There are some kids who’re addicted to social media and then there’s a different bunch of kids who majorly spend their time playing games on Mac. But if you know your kid’s interests you can limit a certain set of apps to make sure they’re not spending much time using them.

Select the “App limits” option from left-hand side menu pane and then turn it on. You can also set customized app limits for different apps, whatever you think is right for your kids.

Content and Privacy

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This is one of the most important sections that you can use to manage Screentime on Mac. Here you will find all sorts of parental control options and settings that you can use to limit Screentime on Mac. All the settings are divided into four basic sections namely Apps, Stores, Content and Other. Explore each of these four sections to customize Screentime based on your kid’s preferences and likes.

So, fellas, we hope we’ve cleared all your doubts on how to setup Screentime on Mac to limit the usage of how much time your kids are spending on iOS devices. By making a few tweaks in settings on Screentime, you can limit the time your kids spend on Mac, and also to make sure that they’re far away from accessing any kind of explicit content online.

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