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Google users are generally not aware that the search giant provides tools to prevent adult-content from appearing in search results.

The SafeSearch filter is not 100% safe, but it does a pretty good job of filtering out offensive material.

SafeSearch – Managing Settings

You don’t need to be signed into Google to turn on SafeSearch.

  • Open a Google Search page.
  • Click on Settings. It will be in the bottom right-hand corner.
  • Select Search Settings

Google SafeSearch - Search Settings

  • Check the Filter Explicit Results box.
  • Click Save at the bottom of the page.

Google SafeSearch - Filter Explicit Results

You are done. SafeSearch will remain in effect as long as cookies are enabled on your computer. If cookies are deleted your SafeSearch settings may be reset.

Locking SafeSearch

If you sign into Google, you can lock SafeSearch.

In order to do this, you need to enable third-party cookies on your browser:

Safari:

  • Open Safari.
  • Go to Safari in the Menu Bar and choose Preferences.
  • Select the Privacy tab.

Safari - Open Cookies

  • Under the setting Block cookies and other website data, click Never.
  • Close the Preferences window.

Chrome:

  • Open Chrome.
  • Go to Chrome in the Menu Bar and choose Preferences.
  • Scroll to the bottom and click Show Advanced Settings…
  • Scroll to the Privacy area and click the button Content Settings…

Google Chrome - Allow Cookies

  • Under Cookies choose Allow local data to be set (recommended)
  • Close the Preferences window.

Firefox

  • Open Firefox.
  • Go to Firefox in the Menu Bar and choose Preferences.
  • Select the Privacy tab.
  • In the History setting, choose Remember History.

Firefox - Allow Cookies - Remember History

To Lock SafeSearch:

  • Sign in to Google.
  • Click on Settings. It will be in the bottom right-hand corner.

Google SafeSearch - Search Settings

  • Select Search Settings
  • Check the Filter Explicit Results box.
  • Click Lock SafeSearch.

Google SafeSearch - Lock SafeSearch

  • Obey the prompt to re-input your Google password.

Google SafeSearch - Confirm Settings

  • A widow appears with a button to Lock SafeSearch.

Google SafeSearch - Locking SafeSearch

  • Click the button and the locking process begins.
  • When it is finished you will get a message stating “SafeSearch is locked across all Google Domains”

Google SafeSearch - SafeSearch Locked Indicator

  • On all Google search pages, a graphic of colored balls appears in the top-right corner to show SafeSearch is locked.
  • Once this process is finished, it is advisable to go back into your browser’s preferences and set it to Block cookies and other website data  from third-parties and advertisers.

SafeSearch-On

SafeSearch and SafeSearch Lock must be turned on individually for every browser on your computer. It only takes a few minutes, so don’t stress about it.

To UnLock SafeSearch:

  • Sign in to Google.
  • Click on the Settings icon. It will be in the bottom right-hand corner.
  • Select Search Settings.
  • Click the Unlock SafeSearch button.
  • Enter your password. SafeSearch is unlocked.

As an adult, you should check and see if SafeSearch is on.

If you don’t need it on, turn it off. SafeSearch filtering is heavy and you will miss a great many search results that you might find useful.

Again, this kind of filtering is being done by computers so it is not foolproof.

I’m not a parent, but if I was, I would say the first level of filtering should be a conversation with your child about the internet, chat rooms, etc,., In the digital age, it’s the new “Don’t talk to strangers” speech.

You can find out more about SafeSearch on Google’s Support Page.

Have a safe week 🙂

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