February 9, 2019

HOW-TO GUIDE: Turning on Google’s SafeSearch and Restricted Mode

Without a third-party filter or at least utilizing built-in search features like Google’s SafeSearch mode, kids searching innocently on the Internet to better understand the world around them, will be exposed to hardcore pornographic images.

A search of the term “sex” in Google Images yields hundreds of thousands of hardcore pornography images, depicting sex acts with a focus on the genitalia, within a fraction of a second. How many young kids do you think take to Google to understand that word better?

Google provides a built-in tool, that in our opinion, is pretty good at blocking out sexually explicit content. Of course, it is not perfect and cannot 100% prevent users from exposure to sexually explicit material on the Internet.

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The National Center on Sexual Exploitation, with the help of allies and activists, is working to get Google to make other improvements to help create a safer environment for users and children online. Learn more about our efforts:

Find great resources for parents and educators on keeping kids safe online by visiting the NCOSE-led Safeguard Alliance.

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