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Microsoft launches child-friendly version of IE8

Plug-in Provides Links To Safety Information

Microsoft has joined forces with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) to release a new version of its Internet Explorer 8 web browser that features a number of online safety features for families.

Internet Explorer 8 Click Clever Click Safe comes with a web slice in the toolbar that offers kids one-click access to advice on staying safe online, including cyberbullying, viruses and hacking.

The browser also comes with a ‘Favourites’ bar including links to the CEOP website and, allowing parents to get information on restricting their children’s browsing, while the search bar allows users to instantly search the CEOP and its Internet safety partners’ sites for further safety information.

Microsoft spokesperson Matthew Bishop said: “Internet Explorer 8 Click Clever Click Safe has been designed with the sole purpose of providing young people and parents with easy ways of finding information on how to stay safer online.

“As more and more young people are learning, playing and communicating online, it is vital we provide the appropriate safety information as we know this is one of the most effective ways of helping to protect people.”

Internet Explorer 8 Click Safe Click Clever can be downloaded from the CEOP’s dedicated web page.

(Web users that don’t want to download the new version of the browser can opt to download an add-on that contains the CEOP tools.)

Related: This modified version of IE does not actively protect your children from the dangers of the Internet (it only provides direct access to important info + advice) and is not a form of Parental Control. My recommended tool for protecting children online is the free K9 from Blue Coat.
K9 Web Protection is our free Internet filtering and control solution for the home. K9 puts YOU in control of the Internet so you can protect your kids.

[note: While I absolutely agree that it is important to make information easy to find, I have to disagree with Matthew Bishop: providing information to people is probably the least effective ways of protecting them. Who reads anymore? Who thinks for themselves anymore? We’re too busy! (and expect ‘instant gratification’). Since we’ve become conditioned to expect out police departments to protect us, I ask you, isn’t it time for an “Internet Police”?]

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  1. TechPaul,

    Anything out there to protect the kids is a good thing… Nice find you have posted here.



    Comment by Ramblinrick | February 12, 2010 | Reply

    • Rick,
      I agree in general principle. And it is the responsibility of us all to try our utmost to protect our young people from the predators and dangers of the adult world.

      But providing links for the kids to click? And read? If they’re interested?
      I guess I am just too cynical to see too many children doing that… nor their parents either. (As I said, who has the time?)
      I am much more comfortable with proactive measures, and limits and barriers.. like, simply paying attention to what your kids are doing and saying online.. and talking to them about dangers.. and using Parental Controls to make certain material inaccessible, period.

      I humbly refer people to my Safety, Kids & the Internet page… and urge them to to “step up”.


      Comment by techpaul | February 12, 2010 | Reply

  2. Internet security and parental controls are also similar to this. Internet security and parental control software these days are a collection of various modules such as anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-rootkits, URL blocking and so forth. Software for internet security should contribute to all these solutions. Not only that, but internet security software can protect the data stored in your computer. This is similar to protecting your house from robbery or keeping your child safe from strangers.


    Comment by George Montemayor | November 10, 2010 | Reply

    • George Montemayor,
      I am not exactly sure what you are saying here, but I think I agree with it.


      Comment by techpaul | November 10, 2010 | Reply

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