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pulling apps off? I sit down on the computer and often find 1 or 2 icons left on the dock,,,
 

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You can't. Non-admin accounts can have a controlled dock that can't be modified, but this option isn't available to administrator users. Not sure whether or not a third-party app exists to address the issue.
 

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Actually, the setting to lock the "Dock" can be used in "admin" accounts - it just can't be applied through 'mcx_settings'. Well actually it can, but that's not the point either. Anyway, try opening "/Applications" > "Utilities" > "Terminal.app" and enter these commands:
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defaults write com.apple.dock contents-immutable -bool true
osascript -e 'tell application "Dock" to quit'
To reverse the change, repeat the commands but use "false" instead of "true".

But aside from that, I fully agree - don't use an "admin" account as your main account.
 

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Give the kid his/her own user account. That way your Dock doesn't change and the kid will very quickly learn the folly of dragging items off the dock - yes 3 years old is not too soon to show them the 'way'... You'll be surprised how quickly he/she gets the idea. You can also to control what the kid has access and lock up all settings.
 

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You could always just hide the dock with Command-Option-D.
Hide the iMac. Or spend some time with the child at the computer, showing them what is appropriate and what isn't.

This surprises me because it says that what the child is doing on the computer is a surprise to the OP.

pulling apps off? I sit down on the computer and often find 1 or 2 icons left on the dock,,,
Also, teach them Cmd-Z. It's a great timesaver/failsafe.
 

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pulling apps off? I sit down on the computer and often find 1 or 2 icons left on the dock,,,
Onyx will let you lock the dock so icons cannot be moved or removed.
Sounds like it is what you are looking for.

jb.
 

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My 4 year old son has his own account set up that is locked down so that the only thing he can access is the Webkinz site via Safari.

He can't access or change anything else anywhere.

If it is just your 3 year old messing with your stuff when you are not around, assign one of the corners of your screen to activate a password protected screen saver that you can turn on when you leave.
 

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I setup a seperate user for my 3 year old. I only put Safari in it and it opens to his Nick Jr. web site.

Save your breath and Log out when finished. It's a nice piece of mind!

Note: Found some wonderful software that blows up the size of the pointer. i'll get it in a sec... also, the MacAlly Mini fits perfectly in his/her hands.
 

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My 4 year old son has his own account set up that is locked down so that the only thing he can access is the Webkinz site via Safari.

He can't access or change anything else anywhere.

If it is just your 3 year old messing with your stuff when you are not around, assign one of the corners of your screen to activate a password protected screen saver that you can turn on when you leave.
Also works for nosy roommates, regardless of age.

Wow, when I was 3 I used an Apple IIe.
 

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He doesn't play often and when he does I do supervise him,

and he only plays educational games like I spy.

I'll try Onyx, it sounds perfect.


thnx
 

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When I see my toddler coming for the keyboard I just fire up Alpha Baby. He loves it, and it doesn't affect any of your settings. Hint: if you set up the preferences in AB to say the letters and shapes it'll blow your kid's mind!
 

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I just installed alpha baby, it's great. Thanks.

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When I see my toddler coming for the keyboard I just fire up Alpha Baby. He loves it, and it doesn't affect any of your settings. Hint: if you set up the preferences in AB to say the letters and shapes it'll blow your kid's mind!
 
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