What kid isn’t curious about the world? With the internet at their little fingertips, the unknown can quickly be discovered. Keeping your kids protected from unsafe content while searching for those answers is vital in allowing kids to explore online.
While this internet safety tip won’t keep your kids from learning something you aren’t ready for them to know, what this will do is help keep pornography and other unsightly information away from curious little eyes.
Google has a feature for logged in users called SafeSearch. By default, Google’s Safe Search is set to moderate. Using the default moderate Safe Search setting will help keep explicit images out of your search results. Change your SafeSearch setting to strict to enable searching of explicit text and images, follow the directions below.
Setting Up Google’s Strict SafeSearch
Login to your Google account
In the upper right-hand corner, click on Settings > Search settings
Scroll halfway down the screen and select Use strict filtering (Filter both explicit text and explicit images) AND select Lock SafeSearch
Select Save Preferences – at the bottom right-hand corner of the page
To confirm that SafeSearch strict is locked, go to Google and search. You should see an image featuring a set of large yellow, green, red and blue balls on the right side of the search screen. This verifies that your strict SafeSearch is on.
Internet Safety is the Job of Parents
While this handy tool, assists in aiding against kids viewing inappropriate content, internet safety is the job of parents. Keep a frequent eye on your internet history, and temporary internet files to ensure that only what you want to be seen is viewed on your home computer.
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Mom to 4 kids, Molly aka Digital Mom is the blogger-in-chief here at digitalmomblog.com. Talking technology and mom life, Molly shares the realities of parents digital kids.