Internet Explorer could do with some good publicity, what with all the security problems it has recently been dogged with.
And as if by magic, the web wizards at Microsoft have combined forces with CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre) to produce something positive with the browser. Although not IE6, obviously.
The two organisations have put their heads together to bring forth a kid-friendly custom version of Internet Explorer 8.
The browser has a CEOP panel in the toolbar, enabling users to access instant help and advice on staying safe on the net, as well as the ability to report anything dodgy.
It provides links to advice not only regarding inappropriate behaviour or content, but also issues such as viruses, hacking and cyber-bullying.
The Click Clever, Click Safe version of Internet Explorer 8 is available from the CEOP website at: www.ceop.police.uk/ie8
If you already have IE8, you can download the CEOP button to add to your toolbar.
This measure is part of the EU’s “Safer Internet Day”, which is an “annual event to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones.”