The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua

Building a safe, prosperous and respected nation

 

How to review Internet activity

These guidelines are one tool that you can use to review your family’s Internet activity.

However, no one tool can cover all circumstances, and active supervision of your children is the best safeguard. Nothing beats developing a relationship with your children where they will alert you to anything they encounter on the Internet that makes them feel uncomfortable or at risk. 

The Internet can be a very powerful tool for good or bad. Being aware of the risks and how to use it safely can make it an enjoyable and useful experience.

Review your child's Internet activities by finding the websites and pages viewed recently on any computer using these simple steps.

Please note: Other browsers may differ from what is listed below. Internet 'History' may be accessed through 'Options' menu or others in the toolbar of some browsers. If in doubt, contact the supporting company for information on how to access the 'History' list through your browser type.

Instructions for Internet Explorer version 7 & 8

1) Open Internet Explorer.

2) Click on 'Tools' in the Menu bar:

Image of the toolbar in Internet Explorer

3) Click on 'Internet Options':

Image of the toolbar in Internet Explorer

4) In the 'General' tab, click on the 'Settings' button in the 'Browsing history' section.

Image of the internet options box in the toolbar for Internet Explorer

5) Click 'View files'.

6) To delete the sites, place your cursor on the address, click the right button on your mouse and select 'Delete' from the drop down menu.

Instructions for Firefox

1) Open Firefox.

2) Click on the Firefox tab in the top left hand corner:

Image of the Firefox tab

3) The following menu will drop down:

Image of the Firefox menu

4) Click on 'History'. To review all sites visited click 'Show All History':

Image of the Firefox menu - history options

5) To delete the sites, place your cursor on the address, click the right button on your mouse and select 'Delete This Page' from the drop down menu.

Image of the Firefox menu - history options

Instructions for Google Chrome 

1) Open Google Chrome.

2) In the toolbar, click on the icon with three horizontal lines to access the drop down menu:

Image of the Google menu tab

3) Click 'History'. This will open a new tab.

Image of the Google history menu box

4) Select the site you want to remove. Hover the mouse on the left side of the URL, check the tick box that will appear, then select "Remove selected items".

Image of the Google history menu page