How to see a log of the websites your kid has been visiting on your Mac.

If you’re concerned that your kid has been visiting inappropriate websites, then it’s possible to see a log of their web activity over the last day, month, year or all time.

Before you can do this you’ll need to set up an account for your child to use, then activate Parental Controls. If you’ve done that already, then skip this part, otherwise:

  1. Start by opening System Preferences. You can do this by clicking the Apple logo in the desktop menu, then System Preferences.
  2. Next, click on Parental Controls.
  3. Click the lock icon, and enter the administrator username and password.
  4. Select a user, then click Enable Parental Controls.
  5. To create a new account, click the Add button in the bottom-left corner.
  6. In the pop-up panel, select an appropriate age for the user account (each has varying levels of restrictions suitable for each age bracket).
  7. Enter the name of the child that will be using the new account.
  8. Enter a username and password for the account, and set a password reminder. Make sure it’s something your child won’t be able to guess!
  9. Click on Create User to create the new account.

Once you’ve set up an account for your child, and they have been using it to browse the web, then you can see a log of their browsing history by doing this:

  1. Go to System Preferences, then click Parental Controls.
  2. Click the lock icon, and enter the administrator username and password.
  3. Click on your kid’s account, then click the Web tab.
  4. Click Logs… in the bottom right corner, then click the Web tab.
  5. In the following panel you can get an overview of which websites your child has visited. To toggle between days, months, year or all time, simply use the drop-down menu at the top of the panel.
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