How to Use Internet Explorer’s Content Advisor

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I got a lot of feedback from the Firefox Safety Controls blog asking me how to set the parental controls on Internet Explorer.

My recommendation: if you have children in the house, and they browse the web on a regular basis, you might want to consider sticking with Internet Explorer.  It’s safer overall compared to Firefox, which you have to install plug-ins and extensions on in order to protect yourself from viruses and malicious websites.

Before you send your kids off browsing at their leisure, you’ll want to make sure you’ve done everything you can to ensure they have a safe experience. So here’s a quick guide on how to set up Internet Explorer’s Content Advisor:

1.    Open up Internet Explorer and click on the Tools drop-down menu.

2.    Select Internet Options


3.  In the box that pops up, click the Content tab. Then click on Enable under the Content Advisor heading (below).

This will prompt you to create a password. Keep this password to yourself. It will allow you (and only you) to change settings or disable the Content Advisor later down the road.

4.   Once you’ve created a password, click on the Settings button that’s right next to the Enable button.


Here, you can configure a number of things, including:

  • Ratings – This tab allows you to configure the type of content that users are allowed to view based on rating. You can adjust this using the slide bar below, coupled with the description for each setting.
  • Approved Sites – Here you can create a list of websites that are always or never viewable, regardless of rating.
  • General – In this tab you can change your supervisor password and you can add more user options.

Don’t get intimidated by the variety of options here, just take your time going through it and try to understand what everything does.  There’s a lot of really useful tools here that can help you make Internet Explorer your family go-to browser.

If you’re a Firefox user, check out this guide!

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