Dealing with WhatsApp Web and MacOSX Parental Controls

Parents,

You might find the following method useful in limiting your child's use of WhatsApp Web or by distracting him/her from it.


[Works only on Google Chrome]

STEP 1: Locate the LOCK near the URL Bar


STEP 2: Click on the LOCK button and the following window should drop down


STEP 3: Select the feature "NOTIFICATIONS" and the following should appear


STEP 4: Select the "Always Block on This Site" feature


Now, the messages will stop appearing on the side of the screen when a new one comes in. This is not a perfect solution to prevent your child from using WhatsApp Web as this only disables the notification from appearing and could only possibly keep him/her from being distracted.


As to a question posted about how do prevent legitimate sites from getting banned, I can only suggest the following method/s:

[Done on Mac OSX Yosemite]

STEP 1: Start and Administrator Account by following the instructions as given on this web page.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK


STEP 2: Visit "System Preferences" using an administrator account created
 

STEP 3: Locate the "Parental Controls" setting



STEP 4: Unlock the feature with your administrator name and password



Enter your password/username














STEP 5: Now, you can administer Parental Controls on your child's MacBook



















I would recommend that Parents should fully authorise their child's usage of 3rd Party Software and not limit the software/source of the software in which they would download. This is as teachers may ask them to download software during lab sessions or in class and that they would then need your authorisation. The best solution I can offer is to ensure that you conduct "LD checks" whenever you wish, even though the school does on a random basis by clicking on the [Logs...] button at the bottom of the page to view the software, application and websites visited.

Besides, students have signed an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) with the school pertaining the utilization of the learning device and the usage of other computing devices in his or her possession and to use the school's internet responsibly. You may refer to the AUP HERE

Ultimately, you would have to have absolute trust with your child about this matter. If you discover that your child still has problems managing gaming addiction or viewing other inappropriate material, you may contact his/her form teachers and discuss the best option/s available.


If you have any questions, feel free to reply in the comment section below.




Best regards,
Ng Wen Bin, Justin
S2-01
School of Science and Technology, Singapore,
2016 Parents Engagement Session #4 Facilitator




Programme Outline


Getting Started

1. Turn on your child's learning device
You will need the LOGIN ID and PASSWORD to the learning device.

2. Get connected to the Internet.

3. Start a browser and login with your personal GMail account. 
You will need to login in order to participate in some of the activities.

4. Activate your G+ account if you have not done so.