Keep Your Kids Safe Online with Google

Written by Role Mommy Contributor, Danielle Feigenbaum

Last week I had the privilege of attending a wonderful blogger event at Google in NYC. Before I get in to the great Google search tricks and tips I learned for keeping my kids safe online, let me tell you this… working at Google is awesome. I’m not sure if my favorite part was the Lego area where you can sit and build at the Lego table just for fun. Or maybe it was the game room where you can let off some steam during lunch or on a break with your work buddies. I think it may have been the treadmill desks – talk about multitasking – get your work AND your workout done at the same time, brilliant! I know, it was definitely the food. There are two cafeterias where employees can eat (for free) and the food is amazing. Not to mention all the delicious snacks everywhere you turn. I believe the people who work at Google know how lucky they are to be in such a fantastic work environment and they work really hard!
Before you all go running to see if there are job openings at Google… here are some very important tips that will give you peace of mind while your kids are surfing the web. We live in a digital age, kids who can’t even walk and talk are playing on tablets and smart phones. It’s difficult to to police your children when they are online. Especially as they get a little older and they’re in their rooms and with their friends. Follow these simple guidelines and you won’t have to worry about them watching something inappropriate on You Tube or searching for something innocently on Google and stumbling upon something they should not see.

YouTube SafetyMode
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 so they will not show up in video search, related videos, playlists, shows or films. It is also will help hide objectionable comments. Learn how to turn on and lock Safety Mode on YouTube.
SafeSearch in Google Search
Want to hide explicit images, search results, and videos? Turn on SafeSearch, a filter that keeps many of the adult results you might not want popping up on the family computer out of your Google Search results. While no filter is 100% perfect, with SafeSearch on you can feel more confident browsing the web with your family. You can also lock SafeSearch on your computer by logging into your Google account and changing your settings.
Flags on YouTube
On every single video on YouTube, there is a flag that you can use to report a video if you don’t think it is appropriate and violates YouTube’s Community guidelines, including content that is violent, sexual or hateful. Flagged videos and channels are reviewed by YouTube staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate their Community Guidelines. Flagged videos that violate our guidelines are removed from YouTube. Check out more tips at the YouTube Safety Hub.
Good to Know
Google’s Good to Know website is a one­stop 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.
More Good to Know tips:
Secure password: Just as you have keys for your house, your car, and your bike, you should use different passwords for different important sites. Make them very hard to guess but easy to remember. Change them every so often.
2­ step verification: Ensure that even if someone steals your password, they can’t get into your Google account. A tiny hassle that prevents huge headaches.
Incognito mode: When on someone else’s computer, use Incognito Mode or Private Browsing on Chrome to make sure no info gets stored.
Lock your devices: You don’t leave your front door wide open and unlocked. Treat your phone and tablet with the same precautions
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