We are often asked if iNet Guardian blocks images on a search ? We don’t block images and there are two good reasons why we don’t.
- The first reason is, if we were to look at every possible image that could be returned in an image search then we would greatly effect the user experience. This is because we would need to check each individual image prior to it being returned to the user in the list of results. As you can imagine for the volume of images that get returned in a basic search, this would slow down the user experience to such an extent that the feature would soon be redundant as people would stop using it.
- The second and main reason we don’t offer the blocking of images is that all of the main popular search engines have a “Safe Search” feature that can be enabled in a few clicks. The “Safe Search” feature is designed to block explicit content (not just images) however this still is not guaranteed to be 100% safe and accurate, nothing is. As Google state on their site
We enabled Safe Search and did a search for “Cow Girl”, an example of an innocent search for a child that could bring up inappropriate content. Google filtered most inappropriate images out, some still came through, as shown below. However, enabling Safe Search will eliminate most inappropriate content.
You can either enable safe search in the search engine your children use or use a safe search app/site.
To enable safe search in Google see (article applies to Android phone, tablet and TV’s) https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/510
For DuckDuckGo https://duck.co/help/features/safe-search
For iOS devices https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201304 and look at Prevent Web Content
For other search engines just type in the search engine name followed by safe search and you should find information on how to enable this.
You can use safe search engines aimed at children such as
and you can also do a search for Safe Search in the Apple App store or Android Google Play.
We have previously published a blog on how to make your childrens searches safer and more accurate by using appropriate syntax in the search, just click the link below.
Using iNet Guardian can help keep your family safe. In using iNet Guardian you can help your family stay safer online by ensuring they only visit age appropriate websites, set times that the device can access the Internet and also how much time (within a 24 hour window) can be spent online. The service also blocks phishing sites, which are sites which purport to be sites that they are not i.e. fraudulent financial sites with the view to gaining access to your financial information.
Visit www.inetguardian.co.uk for more information and to sign up for a free 30 day trial.