(Fourth in a series)
What most people don’t know is that there are a lot of things that can be customized and tweaked within the settings of IE itself – in particular, using the Content Advisor to manage how Internet content can be filtered or prevented from being displayed.
Go to Tools > Internet Options > Content ; the first section of the panel is for managing the Content Advisor.
Content Advisor allows you to determine just what should be permitted to be viewed through the browser. There are a variety of categories (I won’t belabor them here) for which a rating level can be established. Set them to what’s appropriate for you.
My favorite is the Approved Sites list – where individual sites can be Approved or Denied viewing, regardless of its content rating. So if you’ve got a kid that’s getting a little carried away with YouTube, list it as a blacklisted site. Simple enough, problem solved.
So now you’re thinking “how do I make sure Junior can’t tinker with my restrictions?” That’s where defining a Supervisor Password is important. It’s on the General tab:
Set a password to something that the adults can remember – because it’s how the Content Advisor can be unlocked for further tweaking. And don’t share it.
While the options in Content Advisor might seem somewhat limited, in a lot of cases they’re enough to do what you need for them to do – prevent unwanted content from being viewed by a user of the system.