The internet has created lots of positive opportunities for its users to easily access information and communicate with loved ones across the globe. But like anything that offers benefits, there are also certain drawbacks to it. For example, the accessibility of information also poses danger in terms of who gets to access information on the web, as well as the type of content that these users are exposed to. The real danger here involves teens or younger children who do not properly understand how to use the information they find.
The use of parental monitoring and control software is therefore highly in demand today. The goal is to manipulate which sites the younger folks get to browse and see on the web. But even before you decide to purchase and install the use of parental control monitoring software on your computer, you can do some basic tweaking on the Internet Explorer if you are using it to browse on the web.
Here is the 6-step guide on how to get it done:
1. Launch the Internet Explorer browser on your computer. Click “Tools” on the upper right area of the browser screen and select “Internet Options” from the drop-down menu.
2. The Internet Options window will provide you with seven tabs to choose from and click on “Content”. Under “Content Advisor”, select “Enable”.
3. You will be brought to another window that provides you with more options in terms of filter settings. There is a section that specifies the following type of content that can be found on the web: Language, Nudity, Sex, and Violence. Drag the slider to the furthest left corner (or down to Level 0) if you want to maximize filter settings and prevent your child from accessing websites with such content.
4. If you want to be more specific about filtering or parental monitoring control on your web browser, you can click on “Approved Sites” next to “Ratings”. This will enable you to single out websites that can be accessed or not accessed on your web browser. You have the ability to make changes to this list later.
5. Go back to the “General” tab and under “Supervisor password” click on “Create Password”. This option will enable you to control who gets to tinker with these settings. This will basically prevent anyone (such as your kids) from changing the settings you’ve made as part of internet monitoring.
6. If you are happy with the settings you’ve made, you can click “OK” and this will automatically exit the wizard on your Internet Explorer. You can now rest assured that this parental filtering technique will limit your child’s activity on the web to the acceptable sites.