12 Replies Latest reply: Jan 28, 2013 11:17 PM by BDAqua
Bob Savryk Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

Using Mac OS X 10.5.8. Restricting Bedtime hours to include aytime hours also.

The account can still be logged into during the restricted hours.

Here is an image of my settings:


Time Limits.png




iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 24"
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (120,910 points)

    Hi Bob,


    Do you mean to have the top 2 disabled/unchecked?


    On the bottom one, if I read that right, they CAN connect after 11:00 PM until 9:00 AM!?

  • Bob Savryk Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Hi BD,


    Sorry for this late reply. Thank you for answering.


    I probably did not explain myself very well in my post above.

    First, the Time Limits boxes - I did intend to leave unchecked.


    Second, the Bedtime access restrictions does seem like I am allowing my child to access the computer during NORMAL sleep hours. However, I set the Bedtime (prevent access times) hours to 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM during a school Christmas break so that I would be the one to extend the hours as I was requested. (My child was grounded from computer access during these times) Beyond 11:00 PM they should be asleep. 


    So, when I saw that the Bedtime 9 AM-11 PM hours still allowed access, I tried other hours and nothing "prevented" access to the computer.  Even moving the upper "time limits" sliders to the far left, still gave 1/2 hour of computer access.


    Is there a bug in Apple's Parental Controls software?



  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (120,910 points)

    Many bugs in it, but I still see "Prevent Computer use from 9am to 11pm", am I missing something?


    Seems those settings allow usage fromm 11:01 PM to 8:59 AM!???

  • Bob Savryk Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)



    No, you aren't missing anything. The Time Settings are correct. I started by showing the actual times I was using; however, I have used other times (for example: 5PM - 6AM). When I logged in at 5:30 PM, I was not prevented?



  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (120,910 points)

    I'll have to see if I can find a 10.5.8 Mac to try it.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (120,910 points)

    Dozens of attempts in 10.5.8... it doesn't work, doesn't work in 10.6.5 either, in 10.7.5 can't even enter any time limits.


    I think your only solution is something like WebNanny...





  • flinched Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Hi Bob,


    It appears that your account "hes" is the only user account on your computer...... I will also assume that this account has administrative access to your computer!


    1. I would try creating another user account, possibly bob/admin etc..... with your own password..... and give it admin privleges.
    2. Login with your new admin account and make the "hes" account a managed account.... and try setting the time restrictions again
    3. Logout from your newly created admin account and try logging in as "hes" during your restricted hours!


    It's one of 2 things-


    Either OSX won't allow the login time restrictions if there is only 1 user account on your computer

    (what if you accidently set the restricted time so you'd never be able to login to your computer again!)


    Or OSX won't follow any type of parental control on an account with admin privledges (it is and Admin account of course!)


    Hope this helps!

  • Bob Savryk Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Thanks BD - for your research. Somehow, I cannot go and purchase a third party product to do what Apple says it can do within the Parental Controls of the Snow Leopard OS. The Time Limits has worked at one time; even now, they partly work. For instance, my above example: 5PM - 6AM - I still have in place. On the 24th it did not work at 5:30 PM; but this morning (now about 12:19 AM) it works, that is, it prevents me from logging in until I enter an Admin password. The other features of P.Controls work, eg, logs, and web site restrictions.



  • Bob Savryk Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Hi flinched,

    Thanks for getting into this Time Limits dilemma. What you suggest to do is exactly how I now have it set up. In the image of the account in my first post you can see "Guest Account", and "hes account." the hes account that I am having problems with is a "managed" account; also, the Guest account is "managed."  There are also two Admin acccounts on this same computer (one for me and one for my wife).



  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (120,910 points)

    Yes, I did notice I couldn't login during that time as the test managed account, but if that account was already logged in Safari & FireFox could Browse during thr restricted time. Not sure which OS versions that login prevention was on though.

  • Bob Savryk Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)



    The "hes" managed account was always not logged in until I tried to log-in to test if the Time Limits would work.

    Once logged in, all activities could be performed. In any case, the Time Limits do not consistently prevent a log-in at the times entered. 




    P.S. My next step will be to upgrade the OS.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (120,910 points)

    Soory, I haven't tested the consistancy, but I wuldn't expect Apple to fix this problem without several Paid upgrades, sadly OSX is a never finished product that only improves a thing or two wilst messing uo 50 more things.