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Enforcing Safe Search for School Manager Physical Appliances

This article is for IT support with a School Manager physical appliance.

Safe Search is a service run by Microsoft and Google to remove adult content from search results in Bing, Google Search, and YouTube Search. You can configure your School Manager physical appliance to enforce Safe Search for devices running only Linewize SSL (Secure Socket Layer) on your network.

The configuration for your physical appliance does not apply to devices running Connect. We recommend installing Connect and enabling MITM, whenever possible to reduce the load on your appliance and have the user’s local device enforce Safe Search.

Before You Start

To enforce Safe Search on devices running only Linewize SSL, HTTPS Inspection must be enabled. HTTPS Inspection will also monitor and filter the search terms your user submits to Bing, Google search, and YouTube search.

Optional, plan how you want to segment your Safe Search configuration. Identify a sequence of IP addresses or the subnet for a group of devices or create Object Pools for an irregular collection of MAC addresses or IP addresses to create customized Safe Search profiles.

Enabling Safe Search for Devices Using SSL

  1. Go to Filtering > Safe Search.
  2. Select ADD RULE.
  3. Select Edit (pencil icon).
  4. (Optional) Click Select Criteria in Groups and Devices and then add the identity of the users or devices.
UserPick a single user name from a list
GroupPick a list name from your predefined Groups
Network RangeType the starting and ending IP addresses for a range of devices
NetworkType IP address and subnet mask for a group of devices
IP AddressType a single IP address
IP Address ObjectSelect one of your pre-configured Pools of IP Addresses
MAC AddressType the MAC address of a single device
MAC Address ObjectSelect one of your pre-configured Pools of MAC addresses

 

Tip

Leave the Criteria blank if you want to apply the Safe Search configuration to all users.

  1. Select Enforced in Google Safesearch to enforce age-appropriate Google Search results (websites and images).
  2. Select a fair use category from the Usage Rights list for images students might copy from a Google Image Search.

Tip

Select Not filtered by license if you want all images displayed, regardless of the fair usage rights associated with the image.

You can go to the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) “Web Statement of Rights” which is tracked in Google Image Search.

  1. To enforce age-appropriate video results, select Moderate or Strict in Youtube Safesearch.
    1. Strict mode blocks videos, comments, recommendations, and YouTube search results based on School Manager’s filtering categories for the most sensitive viewers.
    2. Moderate mode adds some limited access topics appropriate for older students who need legitimate access to topics such as war history, social issues or human biology.
  2. To enforce age-appropriate search results in Bing, select Enforced in Bing Safesearch.
  3. Select SAVE.

Repeat the steps if you need to create different Safe Search criteria for a separate group of users or devices.