Logger Pro does not attempt to interact with Parental Control settings. The application neither does anything implicitly or explicitly to enable or disable its operation on Macs with Parental Controls turned on. Vernier does not distribute Logger Pro via the Apple App Store and has made no attempt to categorize the application as to age group as a guide to distribution or execution by Parental Controlled Users.

Note that accounts under Parental Controls are classified as age 4+, 9+, 12+, and 17+.

Logger Pro 3.15 was tested against Parental Controls on macOS 10.11 and 10.13 and the following was observed:

4+ year old classified parental controlled users CANNOT run Logger Pro 3.15

9+ year old classified users CANNOT run Logger Pro 3.15

12+ year old classified users CAN run Logger Pro 3.15 and collect data.

In our testing application specific restrictions were not enabled for any application (including Logger Pro) for any of these user age group levels for this testing. Nor was any other restrictions configured in Parental Controls. If application restrictions are enabled (or other Parental Controls are enabled in System Preferences), then care must be taken to allow Logger Pro explicitly AND Logger Pro should be tested in the desired Parental Control settings as the target user before deploying for student use.

Note that macOS 10.11 and later have an unresolved bug where the application management does not retain the settings to allow an application properly. You can allow access to an application such as Logger Pro, and it will run, but then in another session it will again request permission.

See: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7894682

Vernier replicated this macOS bug in both 10.11.6 and 10.13.6. The only solution seems to be to turn off application restrictions completely for 4+ and 9+ accounts. While this somewhat defeats the purpose of parental controls, we know of no way to work around this macOS bug.