I have kids, one of them is fourteen the other is five I know the teenager has probably seen everything he shouldn’t expose himself too but I can prevent further offenses. I recently did an image search of a local group I belong to OC BlogCrush, you wouldn’t expect anything explicit so I thought, but there was, picking up something from a blog called mancrush and a close-up at that. Blech. To top it all off the offending image was right smack next to a photo with my face in it. Fab. I knew I had my settings right on Google to filter that out but this one slipped through. I’m not even going to acknowledged that pun. Nope. Not going to.
Further poking (sorry what can I say I’m a 12 year old right now) revealed that there is a way to report offensive photos. When you are using Google image search which most of bloggers do, make sure you click on the top right next to the blue magnifying glass where it says moderate safe search – that will bring a drop down menu and you can see what your settings are on, its set to moderate by default. You can increase or decrease the strength of your filtering. If an offensive image has made it through to your screen then you can click on the link that will enable you to report individual images. It will not remove the image instead it will be fogged out. Google states it can’t promise that the image (edited to add I did a repeat search an hour later offenders were removed) will not show up again in the same search results but they say it helps them improve future algorithms written to serve up image results.
Bottom line you need to be in the same room your kids use the computer. Not in their bedroom and not where the screen faces away from you shielding you from what they are looking at. The offenders are in red.
For more details about Google Safe Search watch the video below.