Check Your Child’s Web History

Worried that your child might be going to websites that aren’t safe? Here are some simple instructions on how to track where your child is going on your computer.

Quick and easy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K7B_MZBL24

To get a more detailed look:

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      These are listed by internet browser programs 

            Internet Explorer When you open your internet browser, on the left hand side there is a star icon that contains your favorites, feeds, and history. Click the history button and you can browse by day what internet sites your child has been visiting.

            Firefox There is a history menu button on the top of your internet browser between view and bookmarks. Inside which you can click “View in Sidebar.” To access this more quickly, press “ctrl” and “H” on your keyboard for a sidebar if you don't want to click through menus.

            Safari There is a history menu button on the top of your internet browser between view and bookmarks. You can then click “Show All History” and take a look at what your child has been looking at.

For an even more advanced look:

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Browsers also make temporary copies of Web pages, known as cache files, and store them on your computer. 

To view your temporary files in Internet Explorer:

            1. In Internet Explorer, click Tools, and select Internet Options

             2. On the General tab, in the Temporary Internet Files OR Browsing History                             area, click the Settings button

            3. In the Temporary Internet files folder area, click the View Files button.

You should see a list of Web pages you or your child has recently visited, as well as images viewed and cookies placed on your computer.

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Remember Your child could be tech savvy as well. It’s easy to delete your internet history. If you look into the history and there is nothing or barely anything there. your child might be deleting their history because they are hiding something. If that is so, you need to have a talk with them about what is and is not appropriate to look at in your house

If you continue to have problems there are other options. You can install a watch dog program or a parental control program. You can find out more about them on their websites: