Search & your child's Google Account

To manage your child’s search results, use Family Link with your child’s account.

How Search works

When your child searches on Google, our systems aim to provide the most relevant and reliable info available. You can also set up preferences that make sense for your child’s account.

How Search works for school accounts

When students sign in to their school Google Workspace for Education account and use Google Search, SafeSearch will help filter explicit content that appears in their search results. This feature works if the school administrator keeps it turned on. Their school administrator can update SafeSearch enforcement preferences at any time and turn it on or off in the Admin Console.

How Search works for users with parental controls

Family Link helps you manage search activities and device settings for your child’s account. To help filter explicit content from search results, settings like SafeSearch are turned on by default.

For devices like Android and Chromebooks, Incognito mode is disabled to help manage content preferences. Ads Personalization is also disabled.

Learn how to manage your child’s search activity.

Manage your child’s search results in Google Search

Important: If you don’t use Family Link, you can set up supervision on your child's account. If your child doesn’t have a Google Account, create one for them. Once you set up supervision on your child’s account, SafeSearch is turned on automatically.

Review & edit your child’s SafeSearch settings

Important: If your child isn't signed in when they use Google Search, or if they use Google Go, their SafeSearch settings won’t apply. Learn how to use Family Link to block Google Go.

  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link or go to g.co/YourFamily.
  2. Select your child.
  3. Select Manage settings and then Google Search.
  4. Turn SafeSearch on or off.

Tip: To manage access to explicit websites, update filters on Google Chrome.

Review & edit your child’s Personal results

Important: Your child can turn “Personal results" on or off from their device. If your child changes this setting, you won’t get a notification. You can always check your child’s account settings in the Family Link app.
  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link or go to g.co/YourFamily.
  2. Select your child's name.
  3. Select Manage settings and then Google Search and then Personal results.
  4. Turn Personal results on or off.

Turn Google Search on or off

Google app

You can turn off search in the Google app so your child can't use it on their Android devices.

Important: Even if you turn off search, your child can still search with browsers like Chrome or Firefox. If you want, you can block these apps on your child's Android device.

Family Link app

  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  3. On the “App Activity” card, tap More and then Google.
  4. Turn Search on or off.

Family Link on the web

  1. Go to Family Link on the web.
  2. Select your child.
  3. Click Android apps.
  4. In the "Required" section, turn Search on or off.

Google.com

To prevent your child from searching Google.com on their Android device or Chromebook, you can block the site in Chrome.

Manage your child’s account data settings

Turn Web & App Activity on or off
  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  3. Tap Manage settings and then Privacy settingsand then Account data settings and then Web & App Activity.
  4. Follow on-screen instructions.
Find or delete your child’s search & browsing history

Important: If you added supervision to your child’s previously existing Google Account, you’ll need their help to do this.

  1. On your child's device, visit the My Activity page. Your child may need to sign in with their Google Account.
  2. Follow the steps to delete activity manually or set up automatic deletion.

Manage contact & app info from devices

  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  3. Tap Manage settings and then Privacy settings and then Account data settings.
  4. In the ”Other account settings” section, manage contact and app info from devices.

Troubleshoot problems

My child found inappropriate content in search results

First, use the instructions above to make sure SafeSearch is on.

Then, report the content to Google. If your child uses an Android device, follow the instructions for sites or images below. Otherwise, learn how to report inappropriate content on other devices.

Sites

If your child visited a site with inappropriate content, report the content to Google.

Images

  1. To find more options, tap the image.
  2. Below the image, tap More More and then Send feedback.
My child found ads in their search results
Your child may find ads when they use Google Search. Learn more on how ads work with your child's Google Account.
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