Block Google Images (updated conversation)

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I am wondering if it is possible to block google images without blocking a normal google search. I know the url's are very similar, but I'm hoping there is still a way.

I'm also posting this question because I see the other threads on this topic were 2-3 years ago. I'm sure the CE product has improved since then, so I'm hoping there is a way to block google image searches. 
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Jon

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Annelise, Official Rep

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Hello Jon,

Thank you for contacting us! We do have a bit of an update concerning google images!

With each version, we are trying to improve our filter and it's interaction with google images. As it stands, we still have quite a bit of difficulty with selectively blocking pieces of Google. It is still an 'all or nothing' type situation. This is strongly due to the security encryption in Google.

However, one giant improvement we've made is that our latest version of Covenant Eyes locks down the safe search feature within Google. Safe Search helps to block out the explicit images that you can find when doing a google search. With Covenant Eyes locking it down, it cannot be turned off. Now, we are still at the mercy of google's own image filter, and no filter is ever perfect, but it is a step forward. 

We are still actively researching ideas and solutions to solve the Google image problem and we are hoping to have something significant for our users in the future.

If you have any further questions feel free to contact our Customer Service at 877.479.1119.

Best regards,
Annelise
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Jon

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Thanks for the reply Annelise! And yes I was aware of the newest update with locking the safe search filter, that is a huge blessing. 

So if Google is an all or nothing approach, then I'm tempted to just block all of Google. However, as many people know, Google is extremely handy for every day life. So, I'm curious, are you (or anyone else) aware of a different search engine that does not do image searches? If I found this, I could just block Google entirely and then use this other search engine.

Thanks,

Jon
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Erin Parkington Robinson

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Jon, I know this thread is a bit old, but there is a way to block images in Google searches.  In Chrome's "Advanced Settings", under "Privacy", "Content Settings", you can choose to disable images.  Unfortunately, it disables images all across Chrome, so it's as it was said, "all or nothing".  However, we have found this to be the best option, and any websites our children need to see with images can be done under direct supervision alongside us.
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If you are using Chrome, similar to Erin's post, you can use this extension - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fast-image-blocker/khgnndhdnkpmlflndgobodbhgheaegon . It blocks images by default, but you have to whitelist the domains.  I wish it worked the other way, but maybe this would work for you.
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Jon

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hoping to bring this thread back up to the top and get feedback from CE support team. Thank you Erin and Chance for the ideas, I like the creative thinking. My main problem with the advanced settings or plug-in for Chrome is that they are not password protected, so there is nothing to keep me from going into the settings and changing them if I am tempted and want to view something I shouldn't.

Perhaps I should move off this idea, but I really want the solution to be URL based, meaning I block myself from doing an image search but allow myself to do a text based search. Is there some sort of advanced way to define URL's in the filtering functionality? Perhaps some sort of REGEX based filter that looks at the url and only blocks it if it has both "google" and "images" in the url. The only reason I ask is because google images are tricky, and like Annelise mentioned, Google's filtering for adult content is not always perfect.

Thanks for the help!
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rich gouette

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was just on a call with an accountability buddy who asked about this,,
we both hope that this can someday soon be addressed

thanks for working on this