How to Turn Safe Search Back On

By William Pullman

Most search engines, including Google, Bing and Yahoo, have a Safe Search setting that filters adult-oriented content from search results. The filters are useful when children are using the Internet, or when the computer is used in public, such as at your workplace. You can enable and disable Safe Search for each search engine as needed, though the settings for one search engine don't carry over to the others.

Google

Step 1

Navigate to the Google Search Settings website (link in Resources).

Step 2

Click the box next to "Filter explicit results."

Step 3

Click "Lock Safe Search" and log in to your Google account, if you want to prevent other users from changing the Safe Search setting. Once logged in, click "Lock Safe Search" a second time.

Step 4

Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click "Save."

Bing

Step 1

Navigate to the Bing Preferences website (link in Resources).

Step 2

Click the radio button next to "Moderate" if you only want to filter pictures and video, or "Strict" if you also want to filter text from your search results.

Step 3

Click the "Save" button to save your settings.

Yahoo

Step 1

Sign in to Yahoo Search, click the gear-wheel icon and select "Preferences."

Step 2

Click the "SafeSearch" drop-down menu and select "Moderate" if you only want to filter pictures and videos; or select "Strict" if you also want to filter text results.

Step 3

Click the "Lock" link under the drop-down menu to lock the setting. This prevents another user from changing the SafeSearch settings unless that user is connected to your account.

Step 4

Click the "Save" button to save your settings.

Tips & Warnings

  • Even with Safe Search set to the most restrictive settings, adult material may still appear in your search results. You may also find that some harmless websites are omitted from your search results.