5 Google Safety Tools Every Parent Should Know About

It is a fact that the Internet remains one of the most powerful tools for learning that our kids have access to. However, their exposure to the web when seeking information for their homework or collaborating online for projects must always be with our proper guidance. 

Just as it is important for us, parents, to discuss online safety with our kids, it’s also crucial that we are aware of the tools they have at their disposal, many of which are free and easy to use. Here are some of them: 

Turning on SafetyMode in YouTube is easy. Just scroll down to the bottom of any YouTube page and click on the button that says “Safety” at the bottom of the page switch it on. You can also log in with a YouTube account and lock SafetyMode as your default setting on each one of your computer browsers. It will filter out videos with mature content or those which have been age-restricted, so that they won’t show up in your child’s video search or on related videos, playlists, shows or films. While no filter is 100% accurate, SafetyMode on YouTube helps identify and hide inappropriate content that you do not want popping up on the family computer. It also helps hide objectionable comments. Learn how to turn on and lock Safety Mode on YouTube

2. SafeSearch in Google Search.

Want to hide explicit images, search results, and videos? Turn on the filter called SafeSearch. With SafeSearch on, you can feel more confident browsing the web with your family. You can also lock SafeSearch on your computer by logging on to your Google account and changing your settings. 

3. Flags on YouTube. 

Each YouTube video has a flag that you can use to report a video if you think it is inappropriate and violates YouTube’s Community guidelines, including content that is violent, sexual or hateful. Flagged videos and channels are reviewed by the YouTube staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and removes them if necessary. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination. You can also flag abusive comments. Check out more tips from the YouTube Safety Hub

There are photos that you will only want to share with your boss and not your family. Google+ is built to share selectively like you would want to in real life. Google+ is customized for teens to help them take advantage of the flexibility Google+ offers with the right starting points, educational materials, and timely reminders. When a teen joins Google+ they have different default settings to help keep them safe and remind them to be responsible. Check out some examples

5. Good to Know. 

Google’s Good to Know website is a one-stop shop for information about the web and advice about how to keep yourself and your family safe and secure online. You can learn more about Google’s privacy and safety tools for families, get tips from parents at Google about family safety, and find out more what Google does to protect you, your family, and the Internet. 



Honey Tan @ ihearthoneytan.com said...

Great blogpost! :D I'm not a parent yet but there is nothing wrong with preparing.

Mira Delos Reyes said...

remember, prevention is better than cure ;) thank you for dropping by!

GrowingUpMadison said...

Great post. My kids love going on YouTube, it's good to know that I can turn on a safety mode. I actually didn't know that. :)

Mira Delos Reyes said...

mine, too. This is why I posted this so parents, like us, would do some precautionary measures ;)

Country Bumpkin Reporter said...

I knew most of these sites were on Google but have never seen the "Good to know" site. I will be checking this out today. Thanks for the great information!

Mira Delos Reyes said...

You're most welcome! By the way, I am following you via Bloglovin, too!

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