As a mom and IT geek, I wanted to write a quick blog post to remind parents (and people who ever let kids play with their mobile devices or computers) to update the safe search settings for YouTube and Google.
go to http://www.youtube.com/…if you’re on a mobile device it will redirect you to their mobile site. If you’re on a computer skip down a couple screenshots to step 3.
1 – Go to http://www.youtube.com/
2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “Desktop” link:
3. Scroll all the way down the desktop view and click on the “Safety” drop down. You’ll be able to toggle safe search on and off from there.
If you are logged in, you can have youtube remember your setting on any device you’re signed into (computer or phone.)
Of course they caveat it with “it’s not 100% safe”…so always monitor your children wisely. Detailed instructions from YouTube here.
Google Safe Search
After going to https://www.google.com/ scroll to the bottom of the page:
Make sure that “Strict” search is selected:
and scroll to the bottom of the page and save before exiting the browser.
Detailed instructions from Google here.
Check out more information from Google’s Family Safety Center (that I didn’t realize existed before writing this blog post!) It includes advice from their partners and a lot of other helpful resources: