Tools for Families
Turn on Filtering in Web Search Engines
Parents have expressed concern about their younger children -- those under 10 years old -- inadvertently viewing sexually explicit material on the Internet. Generally speaking, kids under 10 are not at the age when they are actively seeking out sexually explicit material online. Nevetheless, parents can take steps to prevent their young children from being inadvertantly exposed to sexual images and text while they are online.
One tip that GetNetWise suggests is turning on "filtering" in the online search engine that your family uses. That will minimize the chance that an innocent search may inadvertently return something sexually explicit. You can change the settings in most top search engines to filter search results and it is easy to do. Find your favorite search engine below and follow the spep-by-step instructions on how to activate the filtering feature.
Note: This tip really is meant for parents of young children under 10. Older children or children who are actively looking for sexually explicit material online can easily bypass search engine filtering. To keep teens away from sexually explicit material you may need to find a more comprehensive, locked-down filtering tool like those found in the GetNetWise Tools Database.
Below, please find detailed video tutorials on how to enable your favorite search engine to return filtered results.