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How Can I Block My Child From Going on a Certain Website?

by Rosa Lyn

The Internet is a tool that is indispensable for most families. Both parents and children enjoy learning, playing games and finding entertainment on their personal computers. Most websites are useful and benign, but caution is always advisable. For parents, however, safety is a huge concern. There are many questionable and objectionable websites that children can stumble upon or purposely seek out. The good news is that it is possible for parents to block certain websites. The process will vary slightly depending on what type of browser you use on your home computer.

Internet Explorer

Open the Internet Explorer web browser.

Select the "Tools" menu.

Scroll to the bottom of the menu and select "Internet Options."

Locate and click the tab marked "Privacy" when the Internet options box appears.

Find the buttons directly under the privacy slider. Click the button that is marked "Sites."

Enter the website address of the objectionable site in the "Address of Web Site" box and click "Block."

Google Chrome

Open the Google Chrome web browser.

Locate and select the icon in the top right corner that looks like a wrench.

Select the "Tools" menu.

Locate and click on the tab marked "Under the Hood."

Select the option marked "Change Proxy Settings."

Click on the "Security" tab.

Select the icon that is labeled "Restricted Sites."

Click on the "Sites" button twice in succession and enter the web address of the objectionable website.

Click the button marked "Add."

Items you will need
  • Web address of objectionable site

Tips

  • The ability to block or add website permission in Internet Explorer is only available in version 5 or higher.
  • Firefox users can only block websites by downloading an add-on.
  • Advanced computer users can block an IP address from accessing any browser using the command prompt system.

Warning

  • Always keep computers that children use for accessing the Internet in a public area to ensure you quickly detect any objectionable websites.

About the Author

Rosa Lyn has been a freelance writer since 2009. She has worked as a ghostwriter for companies such as eBay and was the editor-in-chief for the member newsletter at the websites SewingMamas. She specializes in subjects such as home and family, parenting, alternative health and crafts.

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