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POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 139 Just as you have the right to know where your kids go at night, or any time for that matter, you have the right to know where your children go online. You can find out a lot from your Web browser. Browsers are software programs that allow users to visit and read Web sites. The most popular browsers are Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE) and Netscape Navigator. Web Surfing History Browsers usually keep a history of sites recently visited. For Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE) users, there may be a button on your tool bar that says "History.” If this button is not displayed, then someone has probably configured MSIE to not allow browsing of the history files. If you see the History button, then simply click it to view recently visited sites. If you can't find it, go to "Help" and search in the "Index" for "History." Netscape users can search through the menu items across the top of the computer screen for a selection called "History." If you're using a recent version of Netscape, you will find it in "Communicator" at the top of the screen. Click it, then select "Tools." Choose "history" and a list of Web sites, dates and times will appear. Or, press the "Ctrl" (control) and "H" keys together on your keyboard to view the history. Using either browser, you double-click on the Web site name in the left column to visit any Web site listed in the history. Cache files Browsers also make copies of the Web pages viewed and store them on your computer. This helps the browser load recently viewed pages much quicker than if it had to download the pages all over again every time you visited the Web site. These Web pages are stored on your computer and are called temporary internet files or cache files. Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE) users will need to find a menu item called "Internet Options.” Depending on the version of MSIE you are using, it may be found under the "View" or "Tools" main menu items. Once you have located this menu item and click on it, a box will be displayed with several "tabbed" pages. The tab page you want to use is the "General" page. Click on the button marked "Settings." There, you will see another button marked "View Files." Click on that button and you will see a list of all Web pages that are stored on your computer. You can double-click on any file name in the left column to view it. If you use Netscape, simply type in "about:global" (without the quotation marks) to get a list of recently cached files. To find all Web pages stored on your computer, you can use a tool in Windows Explorer called Find. The easiest way to start the Find function is to click anywhere on your desktop (screen) and press the F3 key. Or, you can find it listed in your start menu, if you click the "start" button on your screen. Choose "Files or Folders." When the Find box is displayed, select the following options to search for Web pages stored on your computer.In the "Named:" box type in: *.htm *.html (be sure to put a space between "*.htm" and "*.html"). In the "Look in:" box select: "My Computer" from the drop down list.Make sure the "Include subfolders" item is checked. The Find function will return a list of all Internet Web pages stored on your computer. Just double click on the file name in the left column (or icon if the results are displayed in icon format) and you will be able to view the file. Cookies A cookie is a file sent to your Web browser by another Web site. Its purpose is to record your activities on that Web site when you visit it, so that next time you return, you can be presented with customized information. Cookies are regularly used by commercial Web sites and "adult" Web sites. The cookie file resides on your computer, so you can look at it so see where your family has been. Use the Find tool (described above) to look for "cookies.txt" (without the quotation marks). When you find it, click on it. You will see a list of Web site urls that have placed cookies on your computer. www.media-awareness.ca Tracking where kids have been on the Internet

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