Be it consciously or unconsciously, the chances of your kids stumbling upon sex-related terms on search engines such as Google and Yahoo is high as they lack the knowledge, and there are also some terms that indirectly relate to sex-related sites and kids don’t mean it.
Luckily, there’s a simple yet effective way to limit access on your search engine and give your kids a safer searching experience.
The chances are that your main search engine would be Google and there are plenty of tools in Chrome’s Web Store or the Extension page to some that blocks inappropriate contents and search results depending on your preferences.
One such is Google’s SafeSearch filter which blocks quite a bit of content, especially pornography from search results, so do make sure the feature is switched on always. If you’re browsing through a desktop browser, type in https://www.google.com/preferences. This feature is also available in both iOS and Android settings for mobile browsers.
Once you’re in the Search Settings page, make sure that the “Turn On SafeSearch” box is checked. If by any chance your kid somehow knows his/her way on the Internet, you can prevent the filter from being disabled. Just beside the “Turn On SafeSearch” box, there’s the Lock SafeSearch button – click on it and enter your Google account password and save it. You can also turn on the filter from the menu just below the Settings icon on a Google search-results page. (If Google Search isn’t your main search engine, such filtering is also offered in search engines like Yahoo and Bing.)
Once the filter is enabled, any explicit & inappropriate materials will be blocked, for instance, screening out most pictures of private parts and instead show images of cartoon and kids related graphics when a common slang term for female anatomy is entered. Unfortunately, SafeSearch, like many other filters is not 100% foolproof and contents may slip by. If you encounter such occurrence, you can report it to Google at https:/www.google.com/webmasters/tools/safesearch.
Bear in mind that if you delete your browser cookies or if your internet service provider overrides the settings, SafeSearch will be turned off and you need to re-enable it again. If you feel like the protection isn’t strong enough, you can always consider third-party parental control programs; or free, inexpensive services like Familoop and Qustodio. Or, you can utilize the parental control feature present in your Antivirus software as well (click on the button below). But in today’s modern world, children will need to use the Internet for schoolwork and will inevitably stumble across explicit materials. Therefore, it is important that you sit down with your kid for a family discussion.
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