Confirm SafeSearch for a Web Policy Ruleset

SafeSearch is a search engine filter that blocks search results for explicit content such as pornography, violence, gore, and other offensive adult content. When enabled, if someone enters a potentially inappropriate or suggestive phrase into a search engine, the search engine only returns safe "family-friendly" results.

The Web policy can be configured to enforce SafeSearch for Google, YouTube, Yahoo, and Bing. When enabled through a Web policy ruleset, SafeSearch is automatically enabled on all devices—identities—that are a part of that ruleset. SafeSearch can not be disabled on an enduser device for any applicable search engine or site.

For more information about enabling SafeSearch, see Add a Ruleset to the Web Policy.

Note: To enable SafeSearch you must also enable HTTPS Inspection when a adding ruleset to the Web policy. For more information, see HTTPS inspection.


The most reliable way to confirm that SafeSearch is enabled through a Web policy ruleset is to visit a search engine or site where SafeSearch settings are enforced and confirm that SafeSearch settings are enabled. You can also perform a search using a term that might be deemed inappropriate and review search results. Only "family friendly" results should be returned.

Tests must be done through an identity that is part of a Web policy ruleset where SafeSearch is enabled. For example, a computer that is accessing the internet by way of a network identity.


After attempting a search in Google, a SafeSearch on indicator should be displayed.


In the browser, under Settings, if you select Turn off SafeSearch, it has no effect and explicit sites are not listed in searches.



Results when searching YouTube displays that “Restricted Mode” is "On". Expanding this result indicates that "Restricted Mode is enabled by your network administrator".



From the Yahoo search page, click Settings and then Preferences.

SafeSearch should be set to Strict - no adult content. You cannot change the setting.



From the menu icon, Bing displays that SafeSearch is set to “Strict”.


Clicking SafeSearch takes you to a page describing SafeSearch, but there is no disable option.


Manage Global Settings < Confirm SafeSearch for a Web Policy Ruleset > Understand Isolated Destinations