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Google Tools to Stay Safe Online

June 20, 2013

YouTube SafetyMode

Turning on SafetyMode in YouTube is easy. Just scroll down to the bottom of any YouTube page and click on the button that says "Safety" at the bottom of the page. You can also log in with your YouTube account and keep SafetyMode as your default setting on each computer. SafetyMode will filter out videos with mature content or that have been age-restricted, so they will not show up in video searches, the related videos tab, playlists, shows or films.

SafeSearch in Google Search

To hide explicit images, search results, and videos, just turn on SafeSearch. The filter keeps many adult results, that you might not want popping up on the family computer, out of your Google Search results. You can also turn on SafeSearch by default on your computer by logging into your Google account and changing your settings.

Flags on YouTube

On every single video on YouTube, there is a flag that you can use to report a video if you don't think it is appropriate and violates YouTube's Community guidelines, including content that is violent, sexual or hateful. Flagged videos and channels are reviewed by YouTube staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to determine whether they violate their Community Guidelines. Flagged videos that violate their guidelines are removed from YouTube. Users can also flag abusive comments.

Google+ settings and safety notifications for teens

You might not want to share the same photos with your boss as you would with your family. And you might not want your teen to have all the same ways to share that you do. Google+ is built to share selectively like you would want to in real life. When a teen joins Google+ they have different default settings to help keep them safe and remind them to be responsible.

Good to Know

Google's Good to Know website is a one-stop site for information about the web and advice about how to keep yourself and your family safe and secure online. You can learn more about Google's privacy and safety tools for families and get tips from parents at Google about family Internet safety.

Source: Copyright New Straits Time (Malaysia) 2013.

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