The Internet Content Rating Association® created a content description system which allowed webmasters and digital content creators to self-label their content in categories such as nudity, sex, profanity, violence, other potentially undesired material and online interactivity such as social networking and chat. ICRA® does not rate Internet content or make value judgements about sites. The content providers self-label and then parents and other adults make a value judgment as to what is or is not appropriate content.
The labeling was done using a web-based questionnaire. Content creators checked which of the elements in the questionnaire are present or absent from their web sites, and a small file is automatically generated, which is then linked to the content on one or more domains. Users could then use content filtering software to block the various types of content.
While all current labels will continue to work with Internet content filters, the ICRA® label generator, ICRA tools and Webmaster support will no longer be available.
If you are writing with questions about difficulties with Content Advisor, please refer to Microsoft support, as Content Advisor is part of their Internet Explorer software.
If you have found criminal or abusive content online and wish to report it, please redirect your inquiry to the (US) National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (www.ncmec.org) or the (UK) Internet Watch Foundation (www.iwf.org.uk).
We wish you the best in your continuing online endeavors.
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