Safe Google for Kids

Safe Google for Kids

SafeSearch™ is a Google search feature that surprisingly, many people don't know about. Google created the filter for parents to exclude adult websites and content from Google Search results. This feature helps to remove potentially harmful material appearing when searching the web. Google do state that no filter is 100% accurate, and they provide an online form to submit any websites that may get past their filter. You can contact Google directly and report a webpage at the official Google report page.

We have performed some extensive tests to try and find adult sites or images while having strict SafeSearch enabled. Using adult related keywords and phrases we found that it does a fairly good job at filtering adult material. All explicit websites could not be found, however some adult related images did get past the image search filter. We were also able to find many illegal file sharing websites which then show ads or banners leading to adult dating services.

How to turn on Google SafeSearch feature

1. Visit the Google Search Settings page at http://www.google.com/preferences.
2. In the "SafeSearch filters" section, check the "Filter explicit results" box.
3. Click the Save button at the bottom of the page.

Kids Safe Search Engines

As we have found, activating SafeSearch alone is not suitable for children, but it does lower the risk of kid's accidentally viewing illicit material. There is however specialized Safe Search Engines that utilize Google's strict SafeSearch feature as the default search preference. As an added bonus, there are some websites that also maintain their own database of blacklisted websites, key phrases and keywords to additionally block adult material. For example, a search for 'lingerie' in Google, with SafeSearch activated brings back many results. To make matters worse, clicking the images tab, shows images that you may not want your children to view. However, when searching for 'lingerie' in one of the below Websites, the results are excellent. Throughout our testing, we could not find anything that could be potentially harmful to children.

Recommended Kids Search Engines

  Safe-Find.com
  DinoSearch.com
  Kids-Search.com

Net Nanny - Content Filtering Software

Internet filtering software acts as an additional layer of protection and can be installed onto your computer or handheld device. Parents have complete customizable control to configure allowed websites, online time management, profanity blocking and many other useful functions. Net Nanny is one of the leading brands of software which has real time categorization as you surf the web.

Keep Children Safe Online

The above websites do a great job at filtering but we also encourage educating kids with some basic cyber safety rules. Here are some general suggestions for how to keep children safe online.

  • Keep computers in a central place. It makes it easier to keep an eye on kid's online activities.

  • Monitor your children's online activities. If you have young children, we recommend browsing the internet with them. For older children you could talk about what kinds of websites they can visit and what isn't appropriate for them to view. You can also check the browser history to find out where your kids have been.

  • Teach Internet safety. Children need to know how to use the Internet safely and responsibly when they're on their own. It's near impossible to monitor them 24/7.

  • Protect your passwords. Teach children never to give out their passwords and to make a habit of unclicking "remember me" settings on public computers.

  • Beware of online communication to strangers. Teach your children not to arrange face to face meetings with people they meet online, and not to share personal information with anyone online. Also, take the following as a good rule of thumb: if you wouldn't say it to someone in person, don't text it, email it, message it, or post it as a comment on someone's webpage.

  • Help prevent viruses from spreading. Use antivirus software and update it regularly. Make sure to avoid downloading anything from file sharing websites and also don't accept files or open email attachments from strangers.