Technology A-Z
The Internet
Tech Hardware
Tech Software
Video Games
Protecting Your Children
Getting Help
The Online Mom Network

Learn about The Online Mom Network
Join The Online Mom Network
How Do I Become An Online Mom?

The Online Mom provides internet technology advice and information to help parents protect their kids, encourage responsible behavior and safely harness the power of technology in the new digital world. Social networking, photo sharing, video games, IM & texting, internet security, cyberbullying, educational resources, the latest on tech hardware, gadgets and software for kids 3-8, tweens and teens, and more.

How to block inappropriate content in IE

As our kids become used to spending time on the computer at an ever-younger age, one of our biggest fears is the possibility of them stumbling across inappropriate content on the Web. Unfortunately, if your child is a little adventurous and decides to experiment with urls like "sexy.com" or "boobs.com," then she could be in for a very nasty shock!

However, in Internet Explorer there is a very easy way to protect against this. First of all, you need to make sure you are running either IE 8 or IE 9, the two latest versions of Microsoft’s browser software. To find out which version you are running, open IE and click on Help in the top left corner and then click on About. If you are running an earlier version of IE, then you can download a free version of IE 8 or IE 9 from here. (Windows 7 or Windows Vista users should run IE 9; Windows XP users should run IE 8.)

Once you have the updated version of IE, open the browser and click on Tools from the main navigation bar and choose Internet Options. This will bring up a window with seven tabs at the top; choose Content.

Under the heading Content Advisor, choose Enable. The Content Advisor window will show four tabs; the ones to concentrate on are Ratings and Approved Sites.

Under Ratings, IE gives you a number of content categories that have been defined by the Internet Content Rating Association (or ICRA). ICRA is part of the Family Online Safety Institute, a non-profit organization working to develop a safer Internet. By clicking on the slider, you can set your browser to allow different levels of access to each content category.

For example, under “Content that creates fear, intimidation, etc." you can select None, Limited, or Unrestricted. Choosing None will mean you have selected the strongest possible filter against allowing access to this type of content, while choosing Unrestricted means that there are no filters in place. For younger children, we recommend that all content categories are set at None.

Once you have made your selections, then click on Apply. You will be prompted for a password so no-one can change the settings without your approval.

If you don't want to lock down your browser by content category, then you can choose Approved Sites from the Content Advisor window. Here, you can specify individual web sites that are either always viewable or can never be viewed. Again, these selections are password protected, which means you can come back and make changes at any time.

Remember that locking down your browser by content category will greatly restrict Web access. For example, with the settings at None, you can't even reach the Google search tool. If your kids are very young – and a little adventurous – then this is a great place to start. If you are using the computer later, then all restricted Web sites can easily be accessed by inputting the password when prompted.

Thank you for submitting your comment. Your comment will appear on the site after it has been reviewed by site moderators!
Post a Comment:
Comments (max 500 characters):

Permalink | Print | Email

Share this article!
Partner with Online Mom Media
Online Mom Media specializes in building powerful communities of influencers! [read on]
Special Twitter Event
Join @theonlinemom this Thursday at 9pm ET as we introduce Thrively, a fun and interactive family web site! #Thrively
[read on]
Join the BUZZ!
Join @theonlinemom and friends this Friday at 12 noon PT as we look at Simplifying Mobile Tech. Great prizes! #VZWBuzz [read on]
The Online Mom Blog
Connecting Your Mobile Lifestyle
[read on]
Cómo encontrar en línea las mejores ofertas
Visite La Online Mom en Español! [read on]
Stacey Ross on The Online Mom
Catch up on the digital lifestyle with Stacey Ross!
[read on]
PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One: Parental Controls
Which of the new gaming consoles offers better parental supervision? [read on]
How To Make the Most of Those Daily Deals
Take a closer look at those daily deals to make sure you're getting a bargain!
[read on]
Watch Out! Your Wristband Is Tracking You…
New ways to monitor two of the most important elements that factor into our overall health: exercise and sleep [read on]
How To Beat Spam with Disposable E-Mail Addresses
There's an alternative to giving out your online information (or turning into a digital recluse): the disposable e-mail!
[read on]
Managing Your Online Reputation
There are some simple steps we can take to safeguard our online reputations [read on]
7 Apps for Finding Stuff Online
Loking to buy and sell online? Your smartphone can help!
[read on]
How to Manage Your Cell Phone Bill
Don't be overwhelmed by that cell phone bill. We offer 7 tips that can help [read on]
7 Social Networking Tips for Graduates
About to graduate? It's time to clean up those social networking accounts!
[read on]
The Best Apps for Staying in Shape
10 great apps for turning your smartphone or tablet into your workout buddy! [read on]
7 Steps to Smartphone Safety
Buying that first smartphone for your child? Make safety a top priority!
[read on]
10 Essential Apps for the Busy Mom
Turn your smartphone into your very own personal assistant! [read on]
Tweens and Facebook:
Do you think children under the age of 13 should be allowed on Facebook?

Not Sure

© 2011 the online mom, all rights reserved | site map ABOUT     MEET THE TEAM     CONTACT US     ADVERTISE     PRESS     PRIVACY     LEGAL
As you may have guessed, it is made of titanium and some stainless steel¡ªthe case is titanium and the rolex replica sale is stainless steel. The dial is brown, the watch hands are silver-toned, and there is a date window at the four o¡¯clock position. The sapphire case protects the breitling replica sale from water damage up to 30 meters. Synergy means cooperative action. This replica watches uk combines the best of the old and the new to deliver something uniquely modern. All of the classic elements are there. It has the sleek and stylish dial of the replica watches uk, the concave dot at the 12 o¡¯clock hour, and the Swiss quartz movement. But the Sapphire Synergy has something few breitling replica sale offer, a rubber wristband. Why rubber? Well, it¡¯s not a sport rolex replica sale, so using it outdoors is out of the question. But the informal band gives it a more casual look and feel, which can be quite appealing to the modern male.