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.
Adults and children.
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: http://www.kylethekingfish.com/. This includes e-books about inappropriate content, bullying, and sharing photos online.
Email available via their chat service: https://helpdesk.safesurfer.io/en-nz/
Information correct at December 2020