Google’s safety tools

Helping your family surf safely on the web

The web was designed to be explored, but Google has controls to help you keep it a safer place for your family to roam. Learn about SafeSearch, YouTube Safety Mode and content filters on Android devices that make the Internet a safer place to surf.

Google SafeSearch

Google Search helps you find the most relevant results for whatever you're looking for. SafeSearch is designed to screen out sites that contain sexually explicit content so they don't show up in your family's search results. No filter is 100% accurate, but SafeSearch helps you avoid the stuff you'd prefer not to see or have your kids stumble across.

Here's how to change your browser's SafeSearch settings:

Enable SafeSearch

SafeSearch Lock

You can also control whether SafeSearch can be turned on or off with the SafeSearch Lock. Once locked, you'll see an image at the top of every Google Search results page to indicate that SafeSearch is locked and on. It's easy to see, even from across the room.

Using SafeSearch on your phone

You can also turn SafeSearch on for your phone's Internet browser.

Here's how to turn on SafeSearch for your mobile phone:

Enable SafeSearch for your mobile phone

YouTube Safety Mode

There are Community Guidelines for YouTube that outline the type of content that is and isn't allowed on the site. There may be cases though when you'd prefer to screen out certain videos, even though they meet the guidelines.

If you turn on YouTube Safety Mode, videos that have been age-restricted or have mature content will not show up in video search, related videos, playlists, shows or films. Safety Mode can also help hide objectionable comments. While Safety Mode on YouTube does not remove content from the site, it does help you control what your family sees.

Learn how to turn on and lock Safety Mode on YouTube:

Enable Safety Mode on YouTube

Content filtering on Google Play

The people who make the apps and games on Google Play rate their content, which makes it is easier for you to choose the right content for you and your family. There are four ratings: everyone, low maturity, medium maturity and high maturity. You can prevent mature rated apps and games from appearing. If an app seems incorrectly rated, you can flag it to be reviewed. We'll evaluate each case according our guidelines.

Learn how to modify your content filter settings on Android:

Modify your Android settings