Block adult content at your school

If you’re a network administrator at a school, you can prevent adult content from showing up in search results at your school by turning on the SafeSearch setting.

If you’re not a network administrator and want to avoid adult content in your own search results, learn about SafeSearch for individual accounts.

Turn on SafeSearch

When you turn on SafeSearch for a Google Account, adult content is blocked for search results for any browser and computer where you’re signed in with that account.

  1. Visit the Search Settings page.
  2. If you aren’t signed in, click the blue Sign in button in the top right corner of the page.
  3. In the "SafeSearch filters" section, check the box next to "Filter explicit results."
  4. Click Save at the bottom of the page.

Note: No filter is 100% accurate, but SafeSearch should help you avoid most adult images and sites.

Learn more about SafeSearch

Keep SafeSearch turned on for your network

Option 1: Lock SafeSearch on each computer in your network

When SafeSearch is locked, adult content is blocked from search results for anyone who uses that browser. To lock SafeSearch, a teacher or administrator needs to change the SafeSearch setting on each computer, browser, and browser profile by following the instructions below when signed in.

  1. Visit the Search Settings page.
  2. In the "SafeSearch filters" section, check the box next to "Filter explicit results."
  3. To the right of "Filter explicit results," click Lock SafeSearch. You might be prompted to sign in.
  4. Once you're signed in, click Lock SafeSearch. You'll see a confirmation page once the lock is turned on.
Option 2: Lock SafeSearch on Chromebooks or Chrome browsers

If your school is using Chrome browsers or Chromebooks, you can enforce SafeSearch by setting Chrome User Policies.

Option 3: Lock SafeSearch by making changes to your router (advanced)

This option requires technical expertise. Options 1 and 2 are recommended for those who don’t have a technical background.

About SafeSearch Virtual IP address (VIP)

SafeSearch VIP will force all users on your network to use SafeSearch on Google Search while still allowing a secure connection via HTTPS. The VIP in SafeSearch VIP refers to a Virtual IP, which is an IP address that can be routed internally to multiple Google servers.

When SafeSearch VIP is turned on, teachers and students at your school will see a notification the first time they go to Google. This lets them know that SafeSearch is on.

Note: Using SafeSearch VIP will not affect other Google services outside of Google Search.

Turn on SafeSearch VIP

To force SafeSearch for your network, you’ll need to update your DNS configuration. Set the DNS entry for www.google.com (and any other Google ccTLD country subdomains your users may use) to be a CNAME for forcesafesearch.google.com.

We will serve SafeSearch Search and Image Search results for requests that we receive on this VIP.

Report adult content in search results

If you have SafeSearch turned on but your search results contain webpages that have adult content, report the offensive content.

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