2 Steps to Filtering Adult Content on Chrome
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Warning: Be sure to inform family members before they are being monitored. Hiding protections from them until trouble arises will create distrust.
Let’s say you want to protect your family from intentionally or unintentionally viewing adult content on the web. This would include nudity in its many forms or violence of a graphic nature.
This is fairly easy if your family uses Google, Chromebooks, Android or other Google devices. Google has a great feature for Chrome called “Supervised Accounts”.
This feature of Chrome allows parents to:
- Force “Safe Search” to be on while people are searching Google (hides adult results when searching)
- View browsing history (sites visited)
- Block sites (or block all sites and then specify which sites they can visit)
- Prevent installation of apps and plugins (on Chrome only, not the device itself).
For the full up-to-date instructions on setting these up visit Google: Supervised Accounts.
As noted in the “Cons” below, you will need to add additional plugins if you want the browser to automatically detect and block sites based on their content.
Pros: Chrome is a pretty common browser and this option gives your child the ability to browse a lot of the web. This protection is particularly useful if your child uses only a Chrome book to access the web, since no other browser can be installed to work around this protection. The management of Supervised Accounts can be done from anywhere, which is really nice. If you make a change to a setting it will synchronize when the account is next logged in.
Cons: This isn’t an effective approach when used alone. Although this will restrict search results, it doesn’t actually stop family members from navigating and guessing web addresses that may contain explicit content. So visiting adult. com is allowed unless you have specifically blocked that address.
To fix this, there is a pretty decent plugin called TinyFilter. You can add this extension from the Chrome Extension Store.
- Login as the family member you want to protect
- visit the chrome extension store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/extensions
- Search “Tiny Filter”
- Install it
- Click on the extension logo once installed
- Set a password
- Check out the other options & test
If you’re looking for a semi-clean site to test filters on I recommend playboy. They usually don’t show explicit content on their front page.
Thank you, good luck and let me know if you have questions or problems.