How To Setup Parental Controls on iMac or MacBook?

Overview

This article describes how to

  • setup Mobicip's parental controls to protect your family on the iMac or Macbooks
  • enable filtering for each Mac user account 

Summary: Download and enable Mobicip on the Mac using your account and map each child to his / her Mobicip child profile.

Before you Begin

Please ensure that

  • You are logged into the Mac computer as an administrator.
  • Your Mac computer has macOS 10.10 and above. Mobicip does not support older versions.
  • You created an account on Mobicip.com or using the Mobicip Parent app and added 'Child Profiles' for each of your child. 
  • Mac Parental controls are disabled as it will conflict with Mobicip Parental controls.

Step-by-step

Sign Up

Go to mobicip.com and click on 'Get Started' to create an account or 'Login' if you already have an account. Once the account is created, you will see a confirmation and receive an email.

Enable Mobicip's Parental Controls on macOS

Please ensure that you have created separate user accounts for each of your children on your Mac with standard access and not administrator access. Login as administrator on the Mac. Download Mobicip for macOS and open the installer.

Mobicip installer

Accept any warning messages. Read and agree to the terms of the software license agreement.

Read and agree to the terms of the software license agreement.

You will be required to provide your administrator username and password to continue the installation.

Enter admin credentials

intallation succesful

Once the installation is successful, close the installer and click on the Mobicip icon on the menu bar and login to your Mobicip account (you will have the option to create one if you haven't created an account).

Create account or login to Mobicip account

Let the device registration process complete.

Registration process

registration successful

Once the registration is complete, the window will close. 

Enable Mobicip for Each User Account 

The next step is to connect each Mac user account to their Mobicip child profile. Click on Mobicip icon on the menu bar and 'Enable Filter'.

Enable Mobicip for Each User Account 

The following screen will show a list of Mac users on your device - you can map each child user to their relevant child profile in your Mobicip account. In case you haven't created child profiles, please login to your Mobicip.com account on any browser and create child profiles for your children.

Map user to appropriate Mobicip profile 

Choose the desired child profile and click on Save.

Save settings

Repeat process for other users

Repeat the same steps for the other user accounts (if any) you have on your Mac device.

all profiles assigned to users

Thats it! Once your child logs in to your Mac device with their user account info, their specific profile will be applied and filtering will be enabled.

Mobicip settings applied to user

Please make sure that all the Settings are turned on, specifically the "Automatically check for update" and "Automatically download update if available".

recommended settings

Note: On macOS High Sierra and later, you will need to give explicit permission for the Mobicip app to run. If the Notifier pops up, click the Fix button. Just follow the prompt to and click 'Allow' to give permission.

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