Filtering content with Safari
If your family members use Apple products, then you’ll be glad to hear that filtering adult content is built-in and work well. This is one of the reasons that I regularly recommend giving young family members Apple mobile devices. The built in controls are much more powerful than on Android or other mobile devices.
To set up your Macbooks, iMacs and other Apple computers you’ll need to create user accounts for the family members you want to protect. To do this go to System Preferences and “User Accounts”. You might need to click the lock at the bottom to authorize changes. Then hit the “+” sign and create their account. Make sure the user is not set to administer the computer and “Enable Parental Controls” is checked.
Once Parental controls is checked, click “Open Parental Controls”. Change these setting to suit your needs. Content filtering is configured in the “Web” tab. Check the box labelled “Try to limit access to adult websites”.
Once checked, you can login as your family member and test it. Test it by going to play boy dot com and also making sure they can’t turn off parental controls.
I also review the “Allowed Apps” section of the “Apps” tab to make sure they can open the apps I install for them.
Pros: Simple to use, and it filters content fairly well (in my tests). This option has very few loopholes and shouldn’t slow down web browsing much.
Cons: It’s hard to find, and parents need to manage applications that family members can access. Most importantly, make sure there are no other internet browsers installed on the device and that family members don’t have the rights to install new browsers.
Mobile Safari also has a feature to filter explicit content. Follow Apple’s guide to get it turned on. Note: to enable restrictions on website content you’ll need to scroll all the way to the bottom. As with other parental controls, these devices and protected accounts need additional configuration to block installing other browsers. This means you must turn off the “Installing Apps” option. To find this go to this guide again.
Pros: Mobile content filtering isn’t available on most mobile browsers, so this is a nice feature.
Cons: Similar to the filtering available for Macs, it’s not going to be perfect. Make sure to enable restrictions for installing apps so family members can’t just install another browser to bypass this filtering.