How to Use the Content Advisor in Internet Explorer

By Nancy C. Muir

You can set your computer to automatically block Web sites that contain material you find objectionable or that you want to shield your children from. When you enable the Content Advisor in Internet Explorer, you can specify the specific criteria that you want to block.

1With Internet Explorer open, choose Tools→Internet Options and click the Content tab to display it.

The Content Advisor is disabled by default.

2Click the Enable button.

If there is no Enable button but Disable and Settings buttons instead, Content Advisor is already enabled. Click the Settings button to see the options and make changes if you wish.

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3On the Ratings tab of the Content Advisor dialog box, click one of the categories and then move the slider to select None, Limited, or Unrestricted.

At each setting level, you will see a description of what will be blocked.

4Repeat Step 3 for each of the categories.

You can choose categories that range from alcohol and weapons use to sexual content and nudity.

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5Click the Approved Sites tab and enter the name of a specific site that you want to control access to. Then click Always or Never.

Choosing Always means that you allow users to view the site, even if the Content Advisor normally would have blocked it. Choosing Never means that nobody can visit the site even if it’s acceptable to Content Advisor.

6When you finish adjusting your settings, click OK twice to save them.

Content Advisor will now keep an eye on where computer users try to go and block unwanted content.