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AOL offers three levels of Web Browsing Controls so that you can choose what's best for your individual child's age and maturity.

If you select the Kids (12 & under), Young Teen (13-15) or Mature Teen (16-17) category for your child's AOL Username, AOL Parental Controls will block websites known to promote, enable or advocate:

  • Pornography
  • Gambling
  • Hate
  • Weapons
  • Violence
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco

Customize Web Browsing Controls for a Child's Username

The AOL Web Browsing Controls use content recognition technology. This technology is able to quickly analyze words and phrases as well as the context in which they are presented. The AOL Web Controls are a great way to tailor your child's online experience, but no technology is 100% effective all of the time. As parents, you should get to know your children's online friends and favorite online areas, just as you know their neighborhood friends and what they watch on television.

By default, web browsing controls are set up based on the age group selected for the child. If you encounter a website that you feel should be accessible to your child but it is not or you encounter a website that you think should be restricted from your child, you can allow or block the specific website using Web Browsing Controls.

There is no better safeguard than parental supervision!

To customize web browsing controls settings:

1. Go to AOL Keyword: Parental Controls or go directly to

2. In the User Name section, select the desired AOL Username.

3. Next to the Edit section, click Web Browsing.

4. Select the desired access level from the Allow your child to access drop-down menu.

Note: If you want to customize list of websites your child should visit, click the appropriate link below the Customize AOL's list of web sites your child is allowed to visit section.

5. Click Save.



Important: AOL Parental Controls is enforced only when using the AOL software. For these controls to be enforced, users must sign on with an AOL username and password before accessing the internet through the AOL Software. If you have not already installed the AOL software, please click here.

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