Are you looking for a way to make sure your children are only exposed to age-appropriate content when browsing the web? If so, then you need to know about SafeSearch settings in Safari. SafeSearch is a feature offered by Apple's web browser that allows users to filter out explicit and adult content from their search results.
At its core, SafeSearch blocks websites containing explicit or offensive material from appearing in your search results. This helps protect kids from being exposed to inappropriate content when they use Safari on their devices. It also helps keep adults from accidentally stumbling upon objectionable material while surfing the web.
When enabled, SafeSearch will filter out explicit images, videos, and text in both organic search results and sponsored ads. Additionally, it will block certain phrases that may be used in searches that could lead to offensive or inappropriate materials.
To enable SafeSearch settings in Safari, open the browser and click on “Settings” at the bottom of the window. Then scroll down until you see “SafeSearch” and toggle it on. Once enabled, any searches you conduct will automatically filter out potentially offensive materials from appearing on the results page.
If you're a parent or guardian looking for an extra layer of security for your children when using Safari, then enabling SafeSearch settings is a must-do step. It can help keep kids safe online and give parents peace of mind when their children are using the internet unsupervised.
Turning Off SafeSearch in Safari
To turn off SafeSearch in Safari, go to the Safari menu and select Preferences. Under the General tab, scroll down to the bottom and uncheck the box labeled “SafeSearch”. This will turn off SafeSearch for all searches in Safari. You may need to enter your device's passcode or use Touch ID to change this setting. Once you have successfully turned off SafeSearch, any search results that may contain explicit content will be visible when you search on Safari.
Restricting Access to Over 18 Sites on iPhone
If you have chosen the ‘Limit Adult Websites' or ‘Allowed Websites Only' option in your iPhone's Content Restrictions settings, it means that you cannot access websites that contain adult content. This is a safety precaution to help protect children and other users from inappropriate material. To be able to access such sites, you would need to change the setting to Unrestricted Access.
Enabling Safe Browsing on an iPhone
To turn on safe browsing on your iPhone, open the Chrome app and tap ‘More' in the bottom right corner. Then select ‘Settings'. Tap ‘Privacy and Security', then scroll down to the ‘Safe Browsing' option and select the desired level of protection. By default, Safe Browsing is set to Standard, which blocks dangerous sites and downloads but does not send usage statistics and crash reports to Google. You can also select Strict, which provides additional protection by blocking deceptive content like phishing sites, as well as sending usage statistics and crash reports to Google.
Changing Safari Privacy Settings on iPhone
To change your Safari privacy settings on your iPhone, go to the Settings app and select Safari. Under Privacy & Security, you can turn off or on various options that affect how websites interact with and track you. For example, you can choose to prevent cross-site tracking, block all cookies, or stop websites from asking to use your location information. You can also choose whether or not to allow fraud warnings and website notifications. Depending on the version of iOS you have installed, other privacy settings may be available. Once you've made changes, tap Done in the upper right corner of the screen to save them.
Locked SafeSearch Settings: Understanding the Reasons
Your SafeSearch settings may be locked if Google believes you to be under 18. This is because we have a range of systems, tools, and policies that are designed to help people discover content from across the web while not surprising them with mature content they haven't searched for. We do this by automatically locking SafeSearch for those who appear to be under 18 so that they are not exposed to explicit or mature content. If you believe your SafeSearch settings have been locked in error, please contact us directly here and we'll be happy to assist.