That’s right, if you do nothing, your children will very likely be exposed to highly exaggerated sexual content at a much younger age and way more frequently!
While you cannot monitor your children’s online activity 24/7, there are easy and effective solutions that can help. Here are our top recommendations:
Solution #1: Bookmark KidzSearch.com as your child’s computer home page
KidzSearch.com was created by parents just like you. While the search results of KidzSearch are actually provided by Google, it has added custom features to make it easier and safer, specifically for kids. It enforces a special type of Google search results called SafeSearch. SafeSearch results use the most advanced safety algorithms in the world, designed by Google engineers, to filter out adult content. In addition, KidzSearch maintains an extensive list of blocked keywords which remove any pg-13 type stuff that might otherwise get through the standard Google SafeSearch filters. We also have proprietary artificial intelligent systems that are able to identify and flag spelling variations of banned terms. No other system comes close to our filtering and we encourage you to compare different sites.
It’s kind of like Yahoo! or Google, but safe for kids (Yahoo! and Google are NOT safe). To effectively use KidzSearch, we recommend parents set KidzSearch.com as their Browser Home page:
- Open Internet Explorer Click the Tools button (next to Home and Bookmark button), and then click Internet options.
- On the General tab, under the Home page, copy: http://www.kidzsearch.com/index.html?aff=1415129254&subid=bbk then Click Apply, and next Click OK
Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar. Select Settings.
- Under “Appearance” select the “Show Home button” checkbox and click “Change“
- Copy and paste this link: http://www.kidzsearch.com/index.html?aff=1415129254&subid=bbk in the “Open This Page” box.
- 1. Open: http://www.kidzsearch.com/index.html?aff=1415129254&subid=bbk
- 2. Click the icon to the left of the web address, drag it to the Home button, and release.
- 3. Click Yes to set the page as your home page.
Solution #2: Manually turn on Google SafeSearch Feature:
You can also manually turn on the SafeSearch Feature on Google with the following instruction.
However, we do not recommend this because unlike other Google services that are synced to your Google account (e.g. you access the same Gmail account on your laptop and on your smartphones), the SafeSearch Setting is only associated with one computer. In other words, it will NOT work on other computers using Google.com unless you are logged into your account on them and have the correct settings set. If this sounds confusing to you, imagine how confusing this will be for your kids! In addition, Google.com, even with SafeSearch turned on, still has pg-13 and some r-rated type results that are not appropriate for most kids. KidzSearch prevents this results. You can easily test this out by comparing Google.com results with KidzSearch.com results for web, images and video content. You will quickly see why we suggest using KidzSearch instead of this method.
Another big disadvantage of relying on Google SafeSearch settings is that people often need to clear their browser cache. Even if you don’t manually clear the cache, your computer may automatically clear the cache during reboot, as well as when you use an anti-virus, PC Booster, or Anti-adware/spyware products. When this happens the search results can contain adult content. KidzSearch works the same even if the browser cache is cleared or another computer is used.
Finally, KidzSearch also has a great environment that makes using the internet more enjoyable for kids, such as allowing them to create customized screen backgrounds, fun and safe learning and skill games, homework help Q&A section, KidzTube handpicked videos, collection of the best websites for kids, kids news, safe kids radio, and much more. It is like Yahoo!, but designed for kids.
- Go to the Search Settings page at https://www.google.com/preferences
- In the “SafeSearch filters” section: Turn on SafeSearch by checking the box beside “Filter explicit results.”
You can also use OpenDNS to block adult content sites, it will only work on the computer being used. Further, while it is effective at blocking porn, a lot of pg-13 and even r-rated content may get through it.