Mac OS X Lion
Thinking of letting your kid on your brand-new MacBook Air? Lion gives parents peace of mind by including a host of controls. You can limit which apps your child can access, which is huge because the Mac App Store makes it easy to download new apps. You can also prevent Junior from e-mailing people he doesn’t know and customize which contacts are appropriate for iChat.
As with Windows 7, you can set time limits for computer access, but Lion goes a step further by letting parents allow access only to specific websites. For parents with small children, this walled-garden approach will be especially welcome.
Microsoft’s parental controls keep your kids safe by limiting their access to only certain programs, as well as blocking them from playing games based on ratings. You can also block or allow any game by name. If you want your child to be able to access your notebook only at certain times on certain days, Windows 7 makes it easy to set up a schedule.
However, Windows 7 lacks Lion’s ability to customize which websites your child can use. To add this feature, you’ll need to have a notebook pre-loaded with Windows Live or download the software.
Lion edges out Windows in this category because you don’t have to jump through extra hoops to set web surfing limits.