Google WiFi adds site blocking to its family-friendly features

It relies on SafeSearch to identify explicit sites.

Google WiFi is a router that prioritizes ease of setup and use; it's a great option for people who want to combine quick setup with advanced family-friendly controls. Now, they're adding even more to the mix. Today, the company announced that Google WiFi offers site blocking, which allows parents to control access to over 8 million explicit websites. It will be available over the next day from within the Google WiFi app.

The technology works by taking advantage of Google SafeSearch, which was created in 2009. The new Google WiFi feature allows parents to turn on SafeSearch for certain devices across their network, which will then block all identified sites with adult content. Because SafeSearch is constantly on the lookout for new sites with explicit content, the blocked list will update in real time.