How to enable Parental Control on Kids account on elementary OS

By enabling Parental Control on your elementary OS, you can limit your Kids screen time as well as block the websites that aren't suitable for children.

Parental control is one of the crucial things to be done to a computer before it goes in the hands of kids. Parental Control can be classified into two things to do.

Firstly, setting the computer usage time so that kids won’t end up killing the valuable sleep and active play hours, and secondly, the control over the adult content and sites that you don’t want your kids to browse.

Elementary OS comes with a Parental Control feature that can be enabled to any account. Let’s go through what set of features it has to offer and how to configure it for a user account.

Enable Parental Control Settings in elementary OS

Parental Control cannot be applied to the Administrator account. Therefore, to enable Parental Control, you should have a new user account with Standard rights created. If you haven’t done it already, let’s create one.

Create a Kids User account

Step 1. Open the ‘Applications’ menu from the elementary OS desktop.

Open Applications From The Elementary Desktop
Open Applications From The Elementary Desktop

Step 2. In the search bar, search for the ‘System Settings’ and launch it.

Open System Settings
Open System Settings

Step 3. In the ‘System Settings’ app, click the ‘User Accounts’ option located at the bottom in the ‘Administration’ section.

Open User Accounts Under Administration Tab
Open User Accounts Under Administration Tab

Step 4. In the User Accounts dialog box, click on the ‘Unlock’ option to open all the advanced options.

Press The Unlock Button
Press The Unlock Button

Step 5. In the Authentication required window, enter the root password.

Enter Your Sudo Password
Enter Your Sudo Password

Step 6. Click the ‘+’ sign located at the left bottom corner to add a new user account.

Press The Add New User Button
Press the Add New User Button

Step 7. In the add new user window, enter the new user name, and give it a password. Also, keep the account type as a standard user. Finally, press the ‘Create User’ button.

Add New User Window
Add New User Window

As you will see, a new user is created successfully.

New User Created Successfully
New User Created Successfully

That’s it. Now let’s go back to ‘All Settings’ window.

Parental Control

Step 1. In the ‘System Settings’ app, click ‘Parental Control,’ which you can find it under the Administration tab.

Open The Parental Control Option Under The Administration Tab
Open The Parental Control Option Under The Administration Tab

Step 2. If you have only one standard user account, you will directly head into the Parental Control app, else select the account for which you want to enable Parental Control.

Step 3. Click the ‘Unlock’ button to unlock all the advanced options.

Press The Unlock Button Under The Parental Control Settings
Press The Unlock Button Under The Parental Control Settings

Step 4. In the Authentication Required window, enter the admin password.

Enter Your Sudo Password For Authentication
Enter Your Sudo Password For Authentication

Step 5. Now you can open the parental control for the selected user. In the General tab, you can control the time that the selected user is allowed to use the computer.

Enable Parental Control For The Selected User Account
Enable Parental Control For The Selected User Account

Step 6. In the Internet tab, you can control URLs accessed by the selected user. You can add URLs to this list to prevent the selected user from visiting these URLs.

Prevent User From Visiting Mentioned Websites
Prevent User From Visiting Mentioned Websites

Step 7. In the Applications tab, you can prevent the selected user account from using specific applications by adding these applications in this list.

Restrict Applications For Selected User Account
Restrict Applications For Selected User Account

Congratulations, you have now enabled the parental control settings in your elementary OS. Remember to keep your kids safe.

Hend Adel
Hi! I'm Hend Adel, a freelancer technical geek with successful experience in Database, Linux and many other IT fields. I help to build solutions to suit business needs and creating streamlined processes. I love Linux and I'm here to share my skills via FOSS Linux! Thanks for reading my article.


  1. This is so frustrating. Elementary OS has included Parental Controls for years, and they’ve never made it work. Come on, developers, either make it functional or stop including it.


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