Search Controls

Do you want to utilize Google’s built in safe search functionality?

By default Google will present search results for any and all content on the web. This includes results that you would not want your students having access to. Google safe search is a feature that Google provides that will restrict search results down to more acceptable results. This method isn’t foolproof, but it is a good practice to turn this on.

Learn more about: Goolge’s Safe Search Feature

Do you want to utilize Youtube’s built in restricted mode functionality?

By default Youtube will present video search results for any and all content on the youtube. This includes results that you would not want your students having access to. Youtube restricted mode is a feature that Youtube provides that will restrict search results down to more acceptable results. This method isn’t foolproof, but it is a good practice to turn this on.

Learn more about: Youtube’s Restricted Mode Feature

Do you want to utilize Bing’s built in safe search functionality?

By default Bing will present search results for any and all content on the web. This includes results that you would not want your students having access to. Bing safe search is a feature that Bing provides that will restrict search results down to more acceptable results. This method isn’t foolproof, but it is a good practice to turn this on.

Learn more about: Bing’s Safe Search Feature

 

Field Name Description
Google Safe Search Toggle this option On or Off to redirect www.google.com requests to forcesafesearch.google.com. Please note although traffic will still be HTTPS, Google SafeSearch will be enforced.
YouTube Safety Mode Select this option to redirect www.youtube.com requests to forcesafetymode.youtube.com. Please note that traffic will still be HTTPS but YouTube safety mode will be enforced. You can select Strict, Moderate, or Off. 
  • Important: While this is enforced within any browser accessing YouTube, the app connects to Google through a method that does not provide unfiltered search results. To block the iOS YouTube app, add the URL pattern *googleapis.com/youtube/v1/search* to your Local-Block list.
  • Please refer to Google’s YouTube EDU help page for more information.
Bing Safe Search Toggle this option On or Off to redirect www.bing.com requests to strict.bing.com through a DNS redirect. Learn more here.

Force Google SafeSearch

If you don’t have the resources right now to deploy the SSL Proxy to decrypt Google traffic, you can still ensure that students are not searching for and getting to bad content using Google searches by forcing Google SafeSearch.

Navigate to Web Filter > Settings: General > Behavior.

Under Search Controls > Google SafeSearch, selectOn.

Save.

Deploy.

Essentially, when enabled, this feature redirects any DNS requests for Google to a Google SafeSearch-enabled server. Client devices are then sent to a SafeSearch-enabled Google server for queries.

Notes

This feature’s effectiveness relies on Google to filter any inappropriate search requests using their SafeSearch technology.

For this to work, you’ll need to ensure a few things:

  1. The Web Filter must see all outbound DNS requests.
  2. None of your internal DNS servers can be part of any Internal Ignore IP ranges as this would cause the DNS requests to be ignored by the Web Filter.
  3. Your DNS server traffic cannot go through any Internet feed other than one protected by a Rocket with this feature enabled.

Force YouTube Restricted Mode

https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/174084?hl=en

If your organization has opted to allow YouTube access for all users on your network, you’ll need to ensure users can’t get to any inappropriate videos by enforcing YouTube Restricted Mode.

Navigate to Web Filter > Settings: General > Behavior.

Under Search Controls > YouTube Restricted Mode, select Strict.

Save.

Deploy.

Once enabled, any DNS requests for YouTube are redirected to an age-restricted YouTube server.
Notes

This feature’s effectiveness relies on YouTube to filter age-inappropriate videos.

This is a tier-based setting. It will affect all users.

Like forcing Google SafeSearch, you’ll need to ensure the following:

  1. The Web Filter must see all outbound DNS requests.
  2. None of your internal DNS servers can be part of any Internal Ignore IP ranges as this would cause the DNS requests to be ignored by the Web Filter.
  3. Nor can your DNS server traffic go out any other Internet feed other than one protected by a Rocket with this feature enabled.

If this feature is too restrictive and causes your teachers to not be able to reach their content, you may consider bypassing this feature using the built-in YouTube restrictions within your Google Admin console3

Alternative Measures

Use Campus Library to access YouTube videos.

Allow YouTube for Staff and allow them to upload content to Campus Library

Block YouTube for students but allow access to your Campus Library (Requires SSL Proxy)