How does Securly handle images?

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Securly takes a three-pronged approach in order to filter out inappropriate images.

  1. Keyword Scanning- This scans category-specific keywords to filter out inappropriate words and phrases to provide safer results. (Click here to learn more.)
  2. SafeSearch- This enables the respective version of “SafeSearch” on Google, Bing, and Yahoo.
  3. Creative Commons- This enables creative commons on Google, Bing, and Yahoo effectively taking advantage of copyrights to provide an additional layer of protection with respect to images.

(Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that advocates for the legal sharing of digital content by filtering image searches on the browser once enabled. This multi-faceted tool works complementary to Google SafeSearch, providing additional criteria that further restricts inappropriate content.)  

Policy Setup for Creative Commons

To enable image safe search

  1. Login to your Securly Admin Console
  2. Navigate to Policy Editor > policy you want to apply the setting for
  3. Check the checkbox for ‘Restrict image Search to Creative Commons’

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We recommend that you enable the ‘Safe Search Mode’ for high schoolers and other older users as Creative Commons results can seem rather prohibitively locked down for them. The ‘Restrict Image Search to Creative Commons’ is best suited for smaller children.

User Experience

For image search where the user searches for an explicitly inappropriate keyword, no images will be displayed.

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For more ambiguous terms the safe search mode will ensure that the user is displayed only safe results.

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