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Microsoft launches child friendly version of Internet Explorer 9

Software giant Microsoft has joined forces with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center (CEOP) for introducing a new, customised version of the Internet Explorer 9 web browser.

The new variant of the browser, which has been made available in order to ensure a safe virtual existence for children, was officially launched as an exclusive gift from the company and CEOP - on the Safer Internet Day 2012.

The new offering has been equipped with many features, aimed particularly at barring children from accessing potentially harmful content on the Internet.

One other ability is that this customised version of IE9 brings along with it an easy-to-use mechanism for reporting cyberbullying, in addition to reporting inappropriate graphic visuals. The browsers also allows users to ask for help, on a variety of topics.

"At Microsoft we always want to provide our customers with the tools to enjoy the web safely and securely. The internet has become a central part of everyday life for adults and children, from learning and communicating to working and playing online," Gabby Hegerty, Internet Explorer Lead in the UK, stated, according to a report by the PC Advisor.

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.