How to Lock SafeSearch in Google to Protect Kids From Searching For Adult Content

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If you’ve got kids who’ve started to learn computers and the power of Google, I think the first thing that probably worries you is how to stop them from searching for inappropriate content, or how to stop inappropriate content getting displayed as results for harmless search queries.

Google does provide a SafeSearch option but it won’t take long for your kid to figure out how to turn it off. Hence locking the SafeSearch is a better way to block adult content from appearing in Google search result pages.

This tutorial shows you how to lock SafeSearch in Google for a specific browser. Check it out.

First, you need to click on the “Search Settings” page on the top right of your Google search results page. You’ll also find it on the Google search homepage.

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On the search settings page, you’ll find a bunch of preferences to control and modify your search activity on Google. You’ll also find SafeSearch Filtering options there.

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When you click on “Lock SafeSearch” link, you’ll be asked to sign in if you aren’t already.

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Once you are signed in to Lock SafeSearch, you’ll find a Lock SafeSearch button to do it. Since this is cookie based content blocking, Google asks you to make sure that your browser always accept cookies. This is usually what the browser does by default, but if the browser settings on your computer are different, you could easily change it accept all cookies by following the link on the lock safesearch page.

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Google starts locking SafeSearch across all the Google domains on that browser once you click on Lock SafeSearch button.

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Finally, it displays a message saying that SafeSearch is successfully locked and from now on you’ll get those colorful bubbles on your search results page indicating the same.

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SafeSearch remains locked even if you sign out of your Google account. While this is a pretty effective way to protect kids from viewing adult content, there are a few caveats to this process. First, since this method uses cookies, deleting all the browser cookies removes the lock. Second, if you’ve got multiple browsers, you need to set it up for each of them. And third, if your kid is a bit geeky, this won’t stop him from getting what he wants. :)

So, if your kid doesn’t know how to delete cookies and doesn’t know about other search engines like Bing, this is a good way to impose certain restrictions on what he searches online.

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  1. Peja says:

    Is there a way to prevent a user from deleting cookies?

    What’s the point of locking safe search if it can easily be disabled by clearing cookies?
    Kids know how to clear cookies and it’s only one click away.

  2. Rodney706 says:

    I worked out how to protect cookies from deletion on fire fox. The is an add on called biscuit. It is accessed from the tools menu initially but can be hidden and is quite discrete. Thanks Abhijeet for your way of protecting cookies on IE

  3. Laura15 says:

    You can lock the safe modes on for google, bing, yahoo, youtube and loads more by using the SafeSearchLock application. Our school has it installed and it work with IE, firefox, safari, chrome and you dont need to login or anything.

  4. Nilesh says:

    Microsoft family safety:best of all!! Blocks evrything!

  5. Sinus says:

    I actually wan’t to do the exact opposite!F or example google are making “moderate safe search” mandatory. I’m a grown man with no kids and I don’t wan’t various agents deciding what and what I can’t see!