How to Turn On Safe Search
It’s one thing to turn on Google safe search, as it’s fairly easy to do with a couple clicks of a mouse, but if your have kids searching the internet you will also want to turn on safesearch and lock it so it can’t be turned off again. The Google SafeSearch locking feature through a Google account is no longer available so we’ll try to explore all your options to help keep your kids safe.
More about Google alternatives in a moment, but first, here are two instant solutions you can choose from to ensure strict internet filtering of Google.
1. Make Safe Search Kids your home page on any browser are using. Or you can set our website as a home screen. Instructions will vary according to your device, but whether bookmarking, setting a home page or home screen enter the url https://www.safesearchkids.com.
2. Download the Safe Search Kids App. With this solution you will also want to delete all browsers from your child’s device and have them only search from the app.
Google Family Link
The latest Google options for online protection is Family Link, which allows you to set digital guidelines and encourage healthy online habits as they learn, play and explore. The goal is to guide them to good content while you manage their screen time. You can also locate your child as long as they are carrying their mobile device. Explore these options by downloading the app for Apple or Android on Google Family Link. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to watch and latest information about Google Family link for 2020
Kids need extra filtering and guidance, that’s why it’s important to set up restrictions beyond the basic level of safe search on Google’s main search engine page. As you experiment with various searches on Google, you’ll see the filtering of words, topics and images only goes so deep. Even Google states it is not 100% accurate. It helps to filter the most blatant material but there is still plenty of search results that will not be appropriate for kids. This is where our website comes in. Safe Search Kids has additional filtering that is very strict in what it allows through.
Compare search results on the top of this page for Google’s main site, as well as Safe Images, Wiki for Kids and Safe Videos.
Turn on SafeSearch using Parental Control Software
When all is said and done, whether you turn on safe search on Google.com or use our website where safe search is always locked, access to other parts of the internet will still exist. This includes the ability to use other search engines. The only way to have complete control over the what your kids see online is by installing parental control software.
When installed on all of your home’s devices, all porn is blocked. All questionable websites are blocked. You can block the use of certain social media networks, as well as app installations. You will be able to set different levels of filter depending on the age of each user. Parental control software will also allow you to limit screen time to a certain amount of hours per day or during specific hours. All of this control and more will be available to you from within your parental dashboard. Click here to review all the features available.
Whether you rely on Google’s basic safe search features or install parental controls, we encourage you to bookmark Safe Search Kids for helpful tools and resources as we all strive to keep kids safe online. If you need more help, read more about how to lock safe search on a specific device.
More About the Internet Filtering on Safe Search Kids
In additional to our Google filtering for kids, which ensures safe search is turned on and always locked, we also provide the additional search tools.
Safe Image Search: What’s unique about our image filtering is that the websites hosting the images in our results are also screened. This increases the level of security because all of the website hosting the images are already deemed safe for kids. In fact, many of them are educational sites ending in .edu or government websites ending in .gov
Safe Wiki for Kids: On the Safe Wiki Tab, all search results appear on our partner ‘Wiki for Kids’ website. So, it’s not Wikipedia, nor is it the Simple Wikipedia version, Wiki for Kids is a Wikipedia site created just for kids. Safe Video Search:
Safe Video Search: And finally, we have the Safe Videos tab. Just like Wiki for Kids, video search results are from our own partner run safe video website for kids. All the videos are filtered to ensure no questionable videos show up in search results.
The Internet Filtering on any our safe search tabs is very strict, so if a bad term is entered users will see a blocking logo. At this point they can enter a new search term above. We encourage you to bookmark our website for easy access to all of our search features. We also have many online safety resource articles for parents and educators, as well as articles written just for kids.
Google Family Link Explained for 2020