Well if you have been reading my blog for any length of time you know that I am a massive fanboy of Andy Stanley, Hillsong, Any flavor cool-aid Steve Jobs happens to be serving, the 27 time world champion New York Yankees, here is one you may not know I love all things Google, well….. most things google, I am not a fan of servers located on barges in internal waters but that’s a post for another day.
Google Voice and Google wave have been getting a Tsunami of press as of late but I wanted to to inform you about a little tidbit that should make every parent rejoice. One of the primary ways kids are accidentally introduced to porn is through search engines. To address this issue Google yesterday added functionality to their search site where you can block and lock. You can set your search settings to strict and add a password. Also they have added a google ball graphic that is displayed at the top of the search engine so you know it is still is safe mode.
As a kids pastor and parent I say Kudos! The more you can make what you do safe for kids the bigger fan you will have in me. To many kids are introduce to porn by doing simple searches for things and getting more from their search than any parent would ever want kids to see.
Here is what Google had to say about it on their blog:
When you’re searching on Google, we think you should have the choice to keep adult content out of your search results. That’s why we developed SafeSearch, a feature that lets you filter sexually explicit web sites and images from your search results. While no filter is 100% accurate, SafeSearch helps you avoid content you may prefer not to see or would rather your children did not stumble across. We think it works pretty well, but we’re always looking for ways to improve the feature.