Microsoft has teamed up with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center (CEOP) to launch a new version of its Internet Explorer 9 browser that’s designed to protect children who enjoy surfing the web.

The browser comes pre-installed with one-click access to sites like CEOP.police.uk, and thinkuknow.co.uk, which is designed to keep children of all ages safe while they’re online. It also provides a handy feature called the “Jump List,” which allows parents and carers to easily specify their child’s age group and prevent exposure to unsuitable content.

What’s more, the browser provides dedicated tabs for quick and easy access to the Thinkuknow and Bing home pages, and it includes a number of pre-configured CEOP bookmarks. Unfortunately, however, like Microsoft’s other Internet Explorer 9 builds, this one is for Windows 7 users only.

Gabby Hegerty, Internet Explorer lead in the U.K., says the features in the new child-friendly IE9 browser are designed to provide families with peace of mind:

“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. As the leading browser provider, it is important we make the appropriate safety information available and build in features to our software which provide families with peace of mind online.”

Of course, the browser is a free download, and it’s available now from the Thinkuknow website.

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[via Pocket-lint]