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How to block a website to protect your children

Do you know what content your children are currently viewing online? Are you sure they don't stay up at midnight reading Facebook or YouTube at best? Or anything else that is certainly not conducive to a healthy lifestyle? In these, it is always better to cut for the sane and go safely. Therefore, we will explain below how to block a website of any kind.

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Method 1: use of parental controls

Both Windows and MacOS have built-in parental controls, making it easy to block what you don't want accessible on your system.

Parental controls in Windows 10

Step 1: You must first set up a secondary account. To do so, go to the Windows 10 settings menu by searching for it or clicking the gear icon in the menu. Start.

Step 2: click Accounts.

Step 3: click on the tab Family and other people and click on the button Add a family member.

Windows 10 Settings screen adding family member in Accounts

Step 4: another window will open and select the option Add a child and enter the information required to configure your child's profile.

Step 5: Go to your Microsoft account page. Select the tab Web browsing and check the box Only view websites in the allowed list.

Step 6: Here you will see the sections for Always allow Y Always block. Enter URLs of the sites you want to block in the corresponding section and click on the button To block on the right.

Screen to allow and block sites in Windows 10

Use parental controls on MacOS

Windows is not the only operating system that allows you to monitor your child's activities online. You can use the Parental Control feature on MacOS to block websites, which is particularly useful if you want to keep your children off certain websites, without restricting access for other users.

Step 1: opens System preferences and click on the button Parental controls.

System preferences screen on a Mac

Step 2: Your Mac will ask you if you want to create a new profile with parental controls, or add them to your current profile. Assuming you want to block websites for when your kids use the computer, while keeping them open for you, select Create a new user account with parental control.

Parental Control confirmation screen on a Mac

Step 3: If your current profile is protected with a password, you must enter your password. Once you have created the profile, select it in Parental control Y click on the web tab.

Website restriction screen on a Mac

Step 4: If you feel particularly draconian, you can also allow access only to specific websites. If not, just click the button Personalize. In the resulting popup, there will be a section for adding websites that are always allowed, and a lower section for websites that are never allowed.

Screen to restrict and accept websites on a Mac

Step 5: to add a website you want to block, click the add sign under the heading Never allow and enter the site address you want to block. Now, enter as many websites as you want to block, one per line.

Step 6: when you're done, click ok in the lower right corner.

Method 2: modify host file

Block using Windows host file

Blocking specific websites on Windows is child's play, and generally child-proof. It is completely free, does not require any additional software and only makes a few quick modifications to the Windows hosts file on your computer.

The hosts file, a plain text file that your operating system uses to map IP addresses and host names, can be used to redirect a domain name back to the local computer, essentially blocking the desired website.

It's a great way to restrict users from viewing content they don't want them to see, regardless of browser and time of day.