You are a concerned parent who doesn’t want his child to visit any unsafe website. Sometime back, we mentioned about Windows parental control feature of Windows Vista and Windows 7. Probably, this is the best way in Windows to restrict internet access.
But if you don’t feel like going through all the options in parental controls, and only intend to block certain websites, then you could do it in internet explorer.
Here’s a step by step guide to block any website internet explorer.
1. Open Internet Explorer.
2. Go to Tools-> Internet Options.
3. In Internet Options dialog box, go to “Content” tab. Under “Content Advisor”, click “Enable” button.
4. Go to “Approved Sites” tab. Type the website you want to block in the box given and hit the “Never” button.
5. The name of website will appear in the bigger box given below. Notice the red mark before the name of website. It means the website is blocked. You can add as many websites as you want. Click OK
6. Set the password and password hint. Now go to “General” tab. Check the box next to “Supervisor can type a password to allow users to view restricted content”. It means whenever you visit a restricted website, you can access it by typing the password.
Also you can change the set password by clicking on “Change password” button.
7. Now go back to your browser address bar, type the name of website you blocked. A dialog box will appear prompting you to type the password. Now, the site cannot be accessed without the password.
Note: This technique is useful only if you use internet explorer as the primary browser. If you’ve got other browsers like Firefox and Chrome installed then chances are your tech savvy kid can switch to them and access the website. However, you could use blockit in Chrome and other similar tools in other browsers to block sites. Even OpenDNS can serve as a website blocker.