A browser is software that accesses and displays pages and files on the web.
Popular browsers are Internet Explorer (IE), Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
Browser controls are an alternative to setting up parental controls via your ISP. They are easy and quick to enable but this also means they are easy and quick to disable unless password protected. Remember to set up restrictions on EACH browser installed on your machine otherwise your child could bypass the filter by using a different browser.
In October 2013, Google rolled out its integrated parental controls for Chrome. These allow you to monitor your child's online behavior and block adult content.
Internet Explorer Content Advisor
Internet Explorer has in-built content controls which allow you to filter adult material. You can restrict access to inappropriate websites in IE using Content Advisor.
A plug-in is an additional software download that enables a browser to do something it couldn’t by itself. One of the more common plug-ins is Adobe Flash Player. Without Flash Player you wouldn’t be able to view most videos embedded in web pages.
US company MetaCert has created a free browser plug-in designed specifically to block adult sites. You can download the add-on for Chrome or Firefox but not Internet Explorer. The extension is quick to download, easy to configure and allows you to toggle the controls on and off once the kids have gone to bed. With over 7 million porn sites catalogued, Metacert is a very effective product. Also available is a dedicated iPad browser and Android app. Learn more.