Inappropriate Web Content

Things you can do to help protect children online

1. Decide where your child can and can't go on the Internet

One of the best defenses against inappropriate content is to block it before you see it. Parental control features help parents monitor, manage, and administer their children's computer use-and help keep them safe.

Limit searches, block or allow certain websites, and monitor what your children do online.

Xbox includes parental controls that help you restrict your child's ability to play inappropriate games and watch inappropriate DVD movies.


2. Increase your security and privacy

Set limits on downloads.

Free games, free music, animated toolbars, and other downloads can expose your computer to spyware or other unwanted software. Depending on the ages of your children, you can teach them not to download software from unknown sources on the Internet or ask your permission before they download anything. This can help to keep unwanted software off of your computer.

Use antivirus and antispyware.

A child might accidentally infect your computer with spyware or other unwanted software. Some popular sites for kids might try to download programs without permission; to avoid this, monitor where your children go online. 

Create different user accounts.

Create multiple user accounts for your computer. Each user logs on with a unique profile and his or her own desktop and my documents folder. You can give yourself an administrator account and give your children limited user accounts. Administrator accounts have full control over the computer. Limited users cannot change system settings or install new hardware or software, including most games, media players, and chat programs.

Adjust web browser security settings.

You can help protect your child through your web browser. Internet Explorer helps you control your security and privacy preferences by allowing you to assign security levels to websites.


3. Monitor where your child goes online

It might not be possible to be present whenever your child is online. But it is possible to check later to see where your child has spent their time online.

By reviewing the history list in browsers such as Internet Explorer, you can see all the places your child has visited online. To view your Internet history, click the history button on the browser toolbar.

If your child accidentally comes across something inappropriate when using the Internet encourage them to speak with you so that you can best help them come to terms with what they have seen.


4. Remind your child not to talk to strangers online

Real-time chats, social networking, and instant messaging can be a great way for children to discuss their interests and build friendships. But the anonymity of the Internet can also put children at risk of falling victim to imposters and abusers. To help minimise your children's vulnerability, teach them to take precautions such as:

  • use only a first name or nickname to identify themselves
  • never disclose a phone number or address
  • never send photographs of themselves
  • never agree to meet someone they meet online.

To help protect your children from being contacted by strangers while instant messaging, configure your software to allow only approved contacts. This will significantly reduce the chances of someone they do not know sending your child inappropriate images.

Similar steps can be taken to protect your child’s smartphone.


5. SafeSearch

SafeSearch can help you block inappropriate or sexually explicit videos and images from your Google search results. Although the SafeSearch filter isn’t 100% accurate, it will help you avoid most adult content.

Visit Google Support to find out more about SafeSearch and learn how to turn it on for computers, phone browsers, Android apps, iPhone and iPad apps, tablet browsers and Android TVs.  Once SafeSearch is on, you can prevent others from turning it off. This helps if you have children around, or you let other people use your computer.

Parents can also encourage their children to use Safe Search Kids, the Google Kids Search Engine. Safe Search Kids filtering tool provides a way for children at home and in schools to research the internet more safely thanks to strict filtered results on any computer.


Safe Search Kids

Safe Image Search

Make Safe Search Kids your homepage, or bookmark it for your children to use from within any browser.

Using SafeSearch works for schools too. It ensures safer searching on every computer and is perfect for schools who do not have internet filtering software on their school server.