Grayed-Out Parental Controls

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jujub123, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. jujub123 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I am using an iBook G4 running 10.4. I have an administrator account and a standard account. However, even when I click the lock to enable changes (from the administrator account trying to adjust the standard account), the Parental Controls tab is grayed out.

    Does anyone have a clue what I'm doing wrong or have other suggestions for blocking applications?

    Thanks.
     
  2. r0k macrumors 68040

    r0k

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    Parental Controls operates on a normal account. You have to have a "kid" account either on the machine you are sitting at or on the network. Here is a step by step to get Parental Controls working...

    1 - The first time Leopard boots up, create your admin account and password
    2 - Create a "kid" account that is a "managed" account not an admin
    3 - switch users or log out of the kid account and log in as admin and open system preferences
    4 - click the lock to make changes
    5 - pick the kid's account. you should be able to set up parental controls for that account now.
    6 - pick "manage parental controls from another computer" (this allows you to come in remotely and make changes without making the trip to the kid's machine)

    Parental controls is somewhat of a work in progress. It is better in 10.5.4 than it was in 10.5, but it is not as bulletproof as I would like. I have seen parental controls allow things I had blocked and there was even a kernel panic on my daughter's machine when I tried to run parental controls. Both of these problems were prior to 10.5.3 but all is still not quite perfect.
     
  3. jujub123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I do not see the kid account option for 10.4. Am I missing something?
     
  4. r0k macrumors 68040

    r0k

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    Sorry, it's not called a kid account. I'm not in front of my Mac right now but think its called a standard account rather than an admin account. There are only 2 types of accounts in OS X. I call the standard or managed accounts "kid" accounts. That's my term. You won't find it anywhere else.
     

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