Safe Surfer

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Safe Surfer  

An app for internet-connected devices that allows users to filter online content and access.

Target group/s, level/s of prevention 

Primary and secondary prevention.

Aimed towards caregivers to download for devices used by children in their care.

Target population  

Adults and children.

Delivery organisation     

Safe Surfer is a New Zealand based, registered charitable organisation that aims to protect children from accessing inappropriate online content including pornography and social media sites.

Mode and context of delivery  

Free and paid versions of the Safer Surfer app available to download.  

Level/Nature of staff expertise required   


Intensity/extent of engagement with target group(s) 


Description of intervention 

Users download the Safe Surfer app which is available via the App Store, for web downloads and Google Play. Once users have created their Safe Surfer account, they can control which content can be accessed on devices linked to the account.

This is available in two packages. The Basic Surfer (free version) includes pornography blockers, detection of explicit content (Screencast Detection), protection of devices away from home and unlimited linked devices. In addition, Pro Surfer (paid subscription version) enables blocking of further categories such as gambling sites and social media, monitoring browser history and email reports. There is also the Wi-fi Lifeguard (one-off cost) which includes pornography, category and social media blockers; monitoring browser history; email reports and can be used on unlimited devices.

Safe Surfer also provides online safety resources via their Kyle the Kingfisher website: This includes e-books about inappropriate content, bullying, and sharing photos online.





Contact details     


Email available via their chat service:

Parental controls on Windows - Safe Surfer

RATING: Pioneering

Information correct at December 2020