Help - Safe Search

  • Overview:

    Our web filter has a feature that prevents users from viewing search results unless the strict safe search option is set in their browsers. The strict safe search setting is used by search providers to prevent explicit content from appearing in search results. This is a best-effort setting and is not guaranteed by the search providers to work with every website.

    If the strictest safe search option is not set in the browser, you will see a block page instructing you to change the setting and will also provide a link to access the settings page. After the browser setting has been set to strict safe search, you will be able to view search results again. Note that the safe search setting is done in the browser, but it is actually a search provider setting and a browser setting. Each browser used will need to be set to strict safe search. If you log in to the search provider site and set the strict safe search option, the setting is saved in your account and will be set regardless of the computer you use as long as you log in to the given search provider site.

    An example of the block page you may get is shown below:

    Safe Search Example

    Enabling Safe Search:

    By default safe search is enabled for all computers using the chrome browser that are logged in to the waukesha staff and student domains. But if that doesn't work, follow the below steps to enable it.

    Google:

    To change the SafeSearch filters in Google, please visit

    https://www.google.com/preferences

    Then, check the box to "Filter explicit results", and then click "Save" at the bottom of the page.

    Safe Search Enable - Google

    Bing:

    To change the SafeSearch settings in Bing, please visit

    http://www.bing.com/account/general

    Then choose the radio button for "Strict", and then click "Save" at the bottom of the page.
    Safe Search Enable - Bing

    Yahoo:

    To change the SafeSearch preferences in Yahoo, please visit

    http://search.yahoo.com/preferences/preferences

    Then choose "Strict - no adult content" from the drop down box and then click "Save" at the bottom of the page.

    Safe Search Enable - Yahoo

    Reporting Offensive Content:

    This link is used to report URL's of offensive content that should be filtered by safe search. https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/safesearch?pli=1