What is the best way to set up Net Nanny for Mac to prevent my child from accessing inappropriate sites?

Net Nanny 2 for Mac • 12 August 2008

This article refers to an older version of this product.

Set up at least two separate accounts on your Mac. One for yourself to act as Administrator, and another account for your child's use that does not act as an administrator. You can do this through System Preferences in the 'Accounts' pane. If your child does not already have a user account, click the 'New User...' button. This will open a form that you will need to fill out with information for the user's name, password, etc. The important step here is to NOT check the box for 'Allow user to administer this computer'. Click OK to create the new user account.

If your filtered user already has an account, in the 'Accounts' pane of System Preferences, choose this user then click on 'Edit User...'. Make sure that the box for 'Allow this user to administer this computer' is NOT checked.

While in the 'Accounts pane, let's turn our attention to the Admin account. You are probably going to want to change this information to match yourself. You should also change the password to something that your filtered user will not know.

If this computer is used mainly by your child, you may want to use the 'Set Auto Login...' feature of 'Accounts' to log this account in at start-up. At least make sure that it does not still log in the Admin account automatically.

As an ongoing precaution you will need to make sure that you do not leave the machine logged in as the Administrator when your filtered user is using it; always log out the Administration account.

Once you have set up the non-admin account for your child to use, launch Net Nanny for Mac. Choose the new non-admin user from the drop down menu in Net Nanny for Mac. You can customize the filtering to be age-appropriate for the child by blocking some types of sites and not others.

The No Access preset will block all Internet access. The Filtered Access preset will filter all the topics in the filter list.