6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 25, 2005 2:30 PM by Ken Stone
Evelyn Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
I'm the administrator on my computer and my parents have asked me to block a website that has games on it that my brother plays too much, but I don't know how. I want to do it on all of the users. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • Episcript Level 2 Level 2 (450 points)
    It's in system preferences under Accounts. You'll see Parental Controls as one of the tabs. I've never used it though. I just know it's there. Should probably find something else for your brother to do too…
  • Tom Graves Level 7 Level 7 (20,615 points)
    Parental Controls allows an administrator to set up a white list of allowed site for a non-administrator user account on your Mac. It is not a site blocker.
  • Tom Graves Level 7 Level 7 (20,615 points)
    There are several options available as can seen by searching on "parental control" in VersionTracker. Unfortunately, none of the programs that turn up with this search are free.

    If it is only one site that needs blocking, than any of the site-blockers will work.

    The main problem with site-blockers is that you have to continually be adding new sites as you discover them, which means if you discover them they have already been visited at least once. I have never seen or heard of a site-blocker that could not be gotten around by someone good at using Google.
  • Shain Level 2 Level 2 (220 points)
    Evelyn,

    One method that allows for blocking particular websites involves editing your host file. Below is a link to an article detailing the steps involved for doing this. The instructions are specific to those looking to block unwanted and annoying advertisements. However, the steps can easily be followed to block a specific host.

    http://macmerc.com/sections.php?op=viewarticle&artid=83
  • Evelyn Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
    Thankyou so much, this is exactly what I needed. Thankyou thankyou thankyou!

    I have been looking everywhere for how to do this, but all people keep telling me is to use parental controls in Safari, but they don't seem to get the fact that only safari v2 and up have this option.

    Thanks again, have a good day
  • Ken Stone Level 3 Level 3 (500 points)
    There is a nice program called Content Barrier X. It's easy to use and has a number of handy features. You can customize for each user account and also block by site name.

    Ken