With the numbers of young adults and children using the internet expanding, and with more families with access to the internet in their homes, keeping children and young adults safer online is more than ever important.

Did you know that 26% of children use social network sites such as FaceBook or Moshi Monsters? Or that 87% of children use the internet at home but only 1 in 8 parents mediate their children’s online life?IE9 logo

To help keep children safer online whilst they use the internet for homework, social activities and gaming, CEOP and Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer have recently collaborated together to release the new customized Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) browser following on from the original IE8 CEOP browser in 2010.

At Microsoft, we always want to provide our customers with the tools to enjoy the web safely and securely. The internet has become a central part of everyday life for adults and children, from learning and communicating to working and playing online. As the leading browser provider, it is important we make the appropriate safety information available and build in features to our software which provide families with peace of mind online.” - Gabby Hegerty, Internet Explorer Lead in the UK

The ClickCEOP browser became available on 7th February 2012, giving instant access for parents and children to CEOP’s ‘one stop shop’ for internet safety as well as providing a place where the user can report any concerns they may have.

‘’Microsoft has been a strategic partner of the CEOP Centre since we launched in 2006. Throughout that time they have demonstrated their drive and commitment towards child online safety in a number of innovative and contemporary ways. The ClickCEOP browser for IE9 is the latest example of this and we have been happy to work with Microsoft to ensure that IE9 users can access advice and guidance in a way that is quick and easy. We welcome this approach and continue to work with service providers so that help and advice is available whenever it is needed”. - Peter Davies, CEOP Chief Executive

Following on from the Internet Safety Day 2012 and the information and resources available for parents, teachers and children through the Think U Know website, I wanted to also update you with information around IE9, its features and how you can download it easily and quickly.

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  • IE9 features include -  

    One-click access for Windows 7 users to the CEOP and Thinkuknow websites and resources via two new Jump Lists: 
     
    • The Thinkuknow Jump List breaks down the relevant advice for children by age group so children can learn how to protect themselves online
    • The CEOP Jump List provides parents with one-click access to valuable information such as how they can use existing computer software settings to control their children’s internet usage

 

  • CEOP’s Safety Centre – to make a CEOP report, or find out information on bullying, viruses, hacking, online security, or inappropriate online content such as sexual images
  • Latest news from CEOP Updates to CEOP on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube

 

The customized version of IE9 for CEOP includes enhanced features which can help keep children stay safe whilst online.

    • Thinkuknow & Bing homepage - children can learn how to protect themselves online and find the information they need
    • Bookmarks / Favourites to relevant safety information from CEOP
    • The ability to instantly search CEOP and its internet safety partners’ sites from the browser’s search bar, providing a comprehensive suite of valuable information for all families

Ian Moulster, Product Marketing Manager for Microsoft Windows recently gave an interview with Sky News explaining how CEOP and Microsoft have worked together on the IE9 browser and the messaging that goes around this piece of work on internet safety.

 

Further sources of information covering screen grabs of the CEOP browser, pinning and jump lists are included in the following articles for your reference.

Web 'water wings': Microsoft creates custom Internet Explorer for children as young as five
Mail Online

Microsoft launches child friendly version of Internet Explorer 9
It Pro Portal

Internet Safety for Children From CEOP & IE9
Sarah Superfluous