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It’s important to teach your family good online safety habits so that they can stay safe as they explore and use the web. Our expert partners have come up with a few simple tips to help you and your family do just that.

Advice from our partners


For every great and wonderful thing online there are sadly also some very horrible things as well. Malware spam and phishing are some of the significant downsides to the online world. What are they?

Malware is software that you download, usually (without knowing), that tries to damage or disable your computer. Malware can come in many forms, often in links to sites that you might think are safe, or that you know. Spam also takes different forms but is usually content that you get as messages, emails, posts. It is usually sent to all sorts of people from companies and places you don’t know. It is some kind of effort to get you to buy something or visit a website. It is annoying and wastes your time and can also take you to unsafe sites. Phishing is where you get messages from someone pretending to be someone or something they are not. It might be someone pretending to be from your local bank saying you have won something, when in fact it is a person trying to steal information about you. It is important to know what each of these things are so you can avoid giving away information about yourself or family, or losing money or being exposed to things you don’t want to see.

To help you avoid these follow these basic rules:

  • If you get a message that sounds too good to be true it probably is. If a message says you won a competition you didn’t enter – delete, delete!
  • If a message asks for personal information as part of a “security check,” show to an adult, no reputable company sends out messages just asking for your details, so delete, delete!
  • Trust yourself, if a message seems odd, you didn’t ask for it, it offers you free stuff in exchange for information about you. Delete, delete!

Safety tools

Discover the Top 5 Google safety features designed to help you keep your family safe online.

Google Play

Use Parental controls to filter apps by content rating

You can use Parental controls to restrict the content that can be downloaded or purchased on Google Play. This helps you find appropriate content for you and your family.

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Open the Play Store app on your device.

In the top-left corner, tap the Menu icon.

Tap Settings.

Tap Parental controls.

Turn Parental controls On.

Create a PIN.

Touch Apps & Games.

Choose the maturity level.


Set a filter to keep inappropriate content out

If you’d prefer not to see mature or age-restricted content as you browse YouTube, scroll to the bottom of any YouTube page and enable Safety Mode. Safety Mode helps filter out potentially objectionable content from search, related videos, playlists, shows and films.

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Scroll to the bottom of any YouTube page and click the drop-down menu in the “Safety” section.

Select the On or Off option to enable or disable Safety Mode.

To lock this setting, sign in to your Google Account.

Once you've signed in, you will have the option to lock this setting.


Control what your family sees on the Web

If you want to control which sites your family can visit on the Internet you can use Supervised Users in Google Chrome. With Supervised Users you can see the pages that your user has visited and block the sites you don't want your user to see.

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To set up a supervised user on your Chromebook, start on the main sign-in screen and click Add user.

On the right-hand side of the screen, select Create a supervised user.

Click Create a supervised user.

Log in to the account that will manage the supervised user and click Next.

Select a username, password and picture for the supervised user. Click Next.


Limit access to just approved apps and games

Want to share your tablet without sharing all your stuff? On Android tablets running 4.3 and higher, you can create restricted profiles that limit the access that other users have to features and content on your tablet.

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If you’re the tablet owner, touch Settings → Users → Add user or profile.

Touch Restricted profile → New profile, then name the profile.

Use the ON/OFF switches and settings to manage access to features, settings and apps.

Press the Power button to return to the lock screen, then touch the new profile icon.

Once it's all set up, the Home screen is empty. Touch the All Apps icon to get started with the new profile.

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