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Checking Up On Your Child's Internet Activity
How to Check Your Browser's History File
If your child has been spending a lot of time on the Internet lately, you may want to check up on their activity. You may feel as though it is spying, but checking what they have been viewing may avoid further problems, by talking to them about what they have seen. Or, perhaps they ran across something that made them feel uncomfortable and they feel uncomfortable telling you about it. A couple of minutes spent viewing the history of your browser will tell you what kind of sites your child has been viewing. Please be aware though, that a child can clear the history of sites visited. If you find that your children have been emptying the history file, I would suggest installing filtering or monitoring software to find out why.
If you use Internet Explorer or Netscape you can view your browser's history and adjust how many days are kept in the history. Another nice feature is that you can clear your browser's history, that will sometimes speed up how fast your browser loads new pages. Here are instructions to view the history, adjust the number of days kept in history, and clear the history.
For Internet Explorer 7.0
If you use a different version browser or a different browser altogether, use the help option to find out if history is available and how to access it.
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