Mac OS X Mountain Lion Essential Training
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Setting rules with Parental Controls


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Mac OS X Mountain Lion Essential Training

with Christopher Breen

Video: Setting rules with Parental Controls

Mountain Lion includes parental controls, which allows you to limit what particular users can do on their Mac. And here's how to set it up. Click on Parental Controls, and we see that there's the guest user account. I'll click the lock to unlock it, enter my password, click on +, and I'm going to create a parentally controlled account, and we'll call this Kid. The account name will be Kid. On our password, verify the password, put in a password hint, and create the account.
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  1. 1m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
  2. 6m 56s
    1. Installing Mountain Lion
      6m 56s
  3. 47m 16s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      4m 11s
    2. Touring the Finder
      3m 29s
    3. Staying current with Software Update
      2m 52s
    4. Configuring Gatekeeper settings
      3m 17s
    5. Getting on the Internet
      5m 36s
    6. Setting up iCloud
      4m 55s
    7. Understanding AutoSave and documents in the cloud
      4m 42s
    8. Configuring Mail, Contacts, and Calendar
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring your printer
      3m 39s
    10. Protecting your data with Time Machine
      4m 28s
    11. Learn your way around the Mac App Store
      5m 34s
  4. 11m 17s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      6m 6s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 11s
  5. 23m 35s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 15s
    2. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      9m 38s
    3. Examining the basic system preferences
      2m 42s
  6. 1h 13m
    1. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      5m 49s
    2. Modifying Language & Text settings
      4m 5s
    3. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 18s
    4. Getting notifications
      4m 38s
    5. Configuring displays and AirPlay
      2m 20s
    6. Using Energy Saver
      6m 1s
    7. Setting up Bluetooth wireless devices
      3m 39s
    8. Sharing files on a network
      6m 1s
    9. Configuring sharing
      6m 28s
    10. Editing your users and groups
      6m 48s
    11. Setting rules with Parental Controls
      7m 4s
    12. Taking notes with Dictation & Speech
      6m 0s
    13. Exploring the Accessibility settings
      5m 54s
    14. Listening with Sound
      2m 53s
  7. 36m 2s
    1. Organizing your business with Mail
      12m 42s
    2. Scheduling time with Calendar
      8m 32s
    3. Keeping tabs with Contacts
      5m 30s
    4. Tracking your tasks with Reminders
      3m 39s
    5. Staying in touch using Messages
      5m 39s
  8. 37m 18s
    1. Tracking your documents in TextEdit
      7m 3s
    2. Looking up words in Dictionary
      1m 56s
    3. Keeping notes with Notes
      3m 48s
    4. Working with images in Preview
      6m 14s
    5. Working with PDFs in Preview
      4m 27s
    6. Installing fonts with Font Book
      4m 42s
    7. Posting a note in Stickies
      1m 55s
    8. Adding things up with Calculator
      4m 46s
    9. Organizing apps with Launchpad
      2m 27s
  9. 34m 5s
    1. Navigating the web
      3m 38s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      4m 49s
    3. Using Reading List
      2m 4s
    4. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 44s
    5. Viewing and saving PDFs
      3m 24s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      2m 20s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      1m 59s
    8. Working with preferences in Safari
      11m 1s
    9. Managing your Internet footprint
      3m 6s
  10. 8m 48s
    1. Playing media in QuickTime
      4m 15s
    2. Recording videos with QuickTime
      4m 33s
  11. 10m 13s
    1. Video conferencing with FaceTime
      3m 38s
    2. Taking pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 47s
    3. The great utility of Image Capture
      2m 48s
  12. 12m 40s
    1. Writing a simple Automator workflow
      4m 15s
    2. Creating an Automator application
      2m 20s
    3. Setting up an Automator calendar workflow
      2m 31s
    4. Creating an Automator service
      3m 34s
  13. 22m 1s
    1. Managing processes in Activity Monitor
      5m 13s
    2. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      8m 58s
    3. Taking care of your passwords
      4m 1s
    4. Setting up a Windows install with Boot Camp
      3m 49s
  14. 14m 57s
    1. Creating a boot drive
      3m 19s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      4m 5s
    3. Exploring troubleshooting techniques
      7m 33s
  15. 19m 35s
    1. Getting your game on
      4m 1s
    2. Integrating with Facebook and Twitter
      2m 38s
    3. Advanced tips and tricks
      9m 35s
    4. Sharing files with AirDrop
      3m 21s
  16. 30s
    1. Goodbye
      30s

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Watch the Online Video Course Mac OS X Mountain Lion Essential Training
6h 0m Appropriate for all Dec 19, 2012

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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Mountain Lion, complete with insider tips for getting the most out of the operating system. The course shows how to configure system preferences, personalize the interface, master gestures, and achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, Calendar, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, performing maintenance operations using Disk Utility, and offers time-saving techniques for using the Mac efficiently. Along the way, Christopher reviews the 200+ new features in Mountain Lion, which gives even experienced Mac users a valuable head start.

Topics include:
  • Installing Mountain Lion
  • Setting up and syncing iCloud
  • Configuring Mail, Contacts, and Calendar
  • Setting rules with Parental Controls
  • Jotting down info with Notes
  • Viewing and saving PDFs, text documents, and images
  • Using Safari to browse the Internet
  • Playing and recording videos with QuickTime
  • Video conferencing with FaceTime
  • Setting up a Windows install with Boot Camp
  • Downloading widgets
  • Sharing files with AirDrop
Subjects:
Business Education + Elearning
Software:
Mac OS X
Author:
Christopher Breen

Setting rules with Parental Controls

Mountain Lion includes parental controls, which allows you to limit what particular users can do on their Mac. And here's how to set it up. Click on Parental Controls, and we see that there's the guest user account. I'll click the lock to unlock it, enter my password, click on +, and I'm going to create a parentally controlled account, and we'll call this Kid. The account name will be Kid. On our password, verify the password, put in a password hint, and create the account.

So, here's the Kid account and we see that there are five tabs. Let's go through them. The first is Apps. You can choose to use a Simple Finder. What this does is it simplifies the Dock, it removes some menu commands, and it generally allows the person using the account to have access to the basic functions of the Mac but none of the advanced ones. You can also choose to limit applications. When you do this, you have a few options. First is, you can choose to allow any application that you got from the Mac App Store, or you can limit them by age rating.

Every application that's at the Mac App Store has an age rating, kind of like a movie rating, whether it's appropriate or not. So if you've purchased something for a preschool child, you may see that the rating is up to four plus. There's also up to nine plus, up to twelve plus, and up to seventeen plus. So, this may be helpful to limiting a small child to age appropriate games. You can also choose Allowed Apps. Now, the Mac sets up some of these for you. So for example, you probably aren't going to allow a child to use Automator, which automates tasks on your Mac.

But you will want them to use Calculator so they can do their math homework. Calendar is a good idea, your browser, dictionary, but perhaps you don't want them wasting time talking to their friends over FaceTime, so that's disabled. If you want to, click on it, and then you can enable it. So the idea is, choose the applications that you want them to use and disable those that you don't. And then you have the option whether to allow them to modify the Dock. Turn that off and they can't drag items into the Dock, instead there'll be a set configuration and that's it.

Now, let's go to Web. And this has to do with Safari. So, if they're browsing the web with Safari, by default, Safari will try to limit access to adult-themed websites. This can sometimes be a hit and miss affair. So, for example, if your child is doing research on breast cancer, for example, there may be some perfectly legitimate sites that have been blocked because of this setting. If you don't want to worry about that but do want to restrict in other ways, you can simply turn on "Allow unrestricted access to websites" and then Safari can go everywhere.

You can also customize. So, for example, if you are blocked by an education website that you don't think you should be, you can add it just by clicking on the + button and then typing in the URL for that site. And if there are websites that you absolutely do not want your child to visit, you can click on + and then add the URL there and they won't be able to get to that site. Or if you want to be very strict, Apple has gone through a series of websites that are perfectly okay for kids of all ages. That point, turn on "Allow access to only these websites," unless you click on the + button and once again you can add a bookmark or you can add a folder that contains bookmarks and they'll be able to access those sites.

Then there's the People tab. The first one has to do with Game Center. The first option is if they are invited to a multi-player game, by default, they're allowed to join. You can turn that off if you want. They may also receive Game Center invitations from friends. By default, they can receive those and accept them, turn it off and they won't be able to. You can also limit Mail and Messages. So, if I enable Limit Mail, you can then add email addresses that they can send to and receive mail from. So, just type in the first and last name, and then type in the email address, and if you like, you can add that person to the address book.

Click on add and then they can an exchange email with that person. Limit message, same idea. Click on +, first name, last name. If they're on AOL's AIM, you can then allow certain accounts, others will be blocked. Now, it's possible that your child will need to be able to communicate with somebody over the email, and maybe you're not at home. What will happen is your child will attempt to send an email message to somebody and this person is not on the approved list. If you unable "Send permission request to," you can enter your email address here.

When your child attempts to send that email, you will be sent a request saying, Is it okay if little Johnny communicates with so and so. If you recognize the person and the address, just say, "Yup, that's okay." A message will be returned to your child, they'll then be able to communicate with that person. You can limit the time that your child has on the computer. So, you can set weekday time limits. For example, during the week, they can be on for three hours total a day, two hours a day, half an hour a day, up to eight hours a day.

When they're about to reach their time limit, they'll see warnings every so often. This allows the child to finish up their work, log off, and then they're okay. You can set weekend time limits separately. So, maybe you want to give them more or less time during the weekend so that they can get outside and play. And then you can set bedtime hours as well. In this case, we have School nights, and that means after eight o'clock up till 6:00 a.m., they will not be able to log in to their account. And then you can set a separate time for the weekend.

And then there's some miscellaneous settings as well. You can keep them from using the dictation feature, you can hide profanity in the dictionary, you can keep them from administrating printers, you can keep them from burning CDs and DVDs. That's not such a big problem that it once was because fewer Macs have media burners now. And you can prevent them from changing the password. Let's go back to Apps because I want to show you the Logs button. Click on Logs, and this keeps a record of everything your child has done within certain applications.

First there's Websites Visited. This will keep a log of all the websites that the child has visited. If you haven't prevented any websites, you'll still see a list of the websites they've been to. If you have limited websites and they try to visit one that's forbidden, you'll see a list of those that they've tried to visit but have been blocked from. Choose applications and you'll see all the applications that they've used, and Messages will include a list of the people that they've messaged with. And you can show activity for a week, a month, three months, six months, one year, or you can see all of them if you want.

When you choose Messages, you can choose how you're going to group them, by contact or by date. And basically, all this does is it serves as a way so you can check up on your kid to see what they've been doing. And that's Parental Controls.

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