The Internet is a great resource for children, offering a wealth of information and experiences. However, it can also expose children to information that might not be appropriate for them.

Content Advisor allows you to control the types of Internet content that can be viewed on your computer. Depending on how you configure it, Content Advisor uses ratings that websites voluntarily provide to block or allow certain content. Because not all websites are rated, unrated websites are automatically blocked (but you can choose to allow them). Once you've adjusted the settings and turn Content Advisor on, it checks websites as you visit them.

To use Content Advisor, you first need to create the supervisor password, and then you can specify the filters and rules you want applied to your children's web use. To change settings, you'll need to log in with the supervisor password before you can make changes. The following procedures describe how to create or change your supervisor password, and how to make specific changes to control Internet use.

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To create or change the supervisor password in Content Advisor

Setting a supervisor password allows you to prevent others from changing settings in Content Advisor.

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Internet Explorer, and then, in the list of results, click Internet Explorer.

  2. Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.

  3. Click the Content tab, and then, under Content Advisor, do one of the following:

    • If this is your first time using Content Advisor, click Enable. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    • If you've previously enabled Content Advisor, click Settings, type your password, and then click OK. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  4. In the Content Advisor dialog box, click the General tab, and then do one of the following:

    • Click Create password, and then type a password and password hint. You will use this to change settings and override blocked websites. Click OK.

    • Click Change password, type your old password, and then type your new password and new password hint. Click OK.

  5. Click OK to save your password and exit. Once your password is set, you should write it down and store it in a safe place, since you'll need it to disable or change settings in Content Advisor in the future.

Notes

  • If you forget your password, you will need to go to the Microsoft Help and Support website for assistance.

  • Once you've initially set a supervisor password, you will always be prompted for that password whenever you enable, disable, or change settings in Content Advisor.

To pick the rating levels that are allowed

Content Advisor uses ratings that websites provide to identify potentially offensive content. By default, Internet Explorer is set for the strongest (or most inoffensive) level of ratings.

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Internet Explorer, and then, in the list of results, click Internet Explorer.

  2. Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.

  3. Click the Content tab, and then, under Content Advisor, click Settings. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  4. In the Supervisor Password Required dialog box, type your password, and then click OK.

  5. Click the Ratings tab, select the category in the Select a category to view the ratings level list, and then move the slider to adjust the level.

  6. When you've set a level for each category, click Apply, and then click OK.

To block or allow specific websites

If there are specific websites that you want to explicitly block or allow, follow these steps. This setting overrides any ratings the site may have.

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Internet Explorer, and then, in the list of results, click Internet Explorer.

  2. Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.

  3. Click the Content tab, and then, under Content Advisor, click Settings. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  4. In the Supervisor Password Required dialog box, type your password, and then click OK.

  5. Click the Approved Sites tab.

  6. Under Allow this website, type the URL for the site you want to allow or block, and then select Always or Never to allow or block the website.

  7. Click Apply to save the settings, and then click OK.

To allow unrated sites

By default, content advisor will block unrated websites. To allow unrated sites to be viewed, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Internet Explorer, and then, in the list of results, click Internet Explorer.

  2. Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.

  3. Click the Content tab, and then, under Content Advisor, click Settings. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  4. In the Supervisor Password Required dialog box, type your password, and then click OK.

  5. In the Content Advisor dialog box, click the General tab.

  6. Under User options, select the Users can see websites that have no rating check box, click OK, and then click OK again.