Filter Platforms, Categories, and Privacy & Safety Overview
Platforms Circle has included popular online platforms that help make filtering the right content easy. Platforms are available to toggle based on your Filter Level setting, and Circle currently supports the following platforms across the various filter levels:
Categories Circle's filter categories give you a simple way to adjust what your Family Members see online. Here are the current filter categories for Circle:
App Store Sites that are dedicated to the purchase of apps, primarily those for mobile platforms, such as the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Blogs Blogs that are hosted by major blogging platforms like Tumblr, Typepad, Blogger, and Wordpress.
Business Business related sites across several industries, including goods & services and finance, as well as sites related to employment, job postings, etc.
Chat+Forum Sites dedicated to multimedia messaging services (MMS), online chat, bulletin boards, and forums.
Creative Arts Sites related to artistic expression, specifically visual arts as well as dedicated venues, such as museums.
Dating Sites dedicated to online dating, match-making, and so on.
Education Sites related to instructional content, teaching, educational institutions, and career prep.
Email Online email providers.
Explicit Content Sites that host adult content of a sexually-explicit nature.
Family Sites related to family issues like parenting, adoption, etc.
Gambling Sites that provide access to online gambling, lotteries, casinos, and other gambling establishments, such as racetracks.
Games Sites dedicated to games like video games, board games, card games, or puzzles. Some sites that include games within a platform (i.e., Facebook) will be controlled by that platform.
Government + Politics Governmental sites, as well as those connected generally to politics, lobbying, and military.
Health Health related sites including personal health, medicine, and fitness as well as sites related to sex education.
Hobbies Sites for non-sports related recreational activities such as automobiles, toy models, etc.
Home+Food Sites related to home care, DIY, and food or drink. Many sites whose main focus is alcohol will be located in the Mature category due to the nature of that content.
Issues+Lifestyles Sites related to specific social issues, lifestyles, philosophies, and religion.
Mature Sites that host a significant volume of mature content that is not sexually explicit, but are still generally considered inappropriate for children. This includes content related to 18+ or 21+ activities such as alcohol and tobacco consumption, content with an elevated level of violence or profanity, or sites dedicated to the display or sale of lingerie.
Music Sites related to musicians as well as audio downloading or streaming.
News News and news-related sites.
Online Shopping Sites dedicated as points-of-sale, auctions, or classified services (i.e. Craigslist).
Photo Sites for photography related activities as well as many sites displaying photos.
Science+Technology Sites related to physical and social sciences as well as technologies like computers and artificial intelligence.
Search+Reference This category includes all search engines and reference sites.
Social Media Sites that host social networking, whether professional, personal, or photo/art sharing such as Facebook, Flickr, or Twitter.
Sports Sports related sites including professional teams, clubs, and sports media providers.
Travel Sites related to travel and tourism.
Video Sites that host and stream video on demand.
VPNs & Proxies Includes major known VPN and proxy providers. VPNs and proxies are technologies (both hardware and software) that act as go-betweens to provide security for online activity, protect user identity, and guard sensitive information related to their time online using the Internet. Because these technologies are employed to hide online activity, Circle will be unable to filter content while a user employs a VPN or proxy.
Privacy & Safety Circle's filter settings also come equipped with a few Privacy & Safety tools that you can use in your home. Here is what they are:
Ad Blocking Filters out many sources of online advertising. This may eliminate many (not all) ads from websites that you visit.
Google Safe Search Google Safe Search eliminates sexually explicit content from search results. Circle only currently supports Google Safe Search, and when Google Safe Search is enabled, access to Bing and Yahoo will be disabled.
YouTube Restricted Mode Enabling YouTube Restricted mode enforces Google's content restrictions embedded in the site. Currently, Circle cannot enforce Restricted Mode for the YouTube mobile app.