Improving safe image search with the Creative Commons filter

Google safe image search results for "sxy" with the Creative Commons filter applied

Google safe image search results for “sxy” with the Creative Commons filter applied

Several of our customers have reported the following issue: Image Search is not safe enough with Safe Search turned on. Blocking image search altogether is not a great option since there are legitimate uses for this functionality. Our recommendation in this case is to turn on the “Creative Commons” filter that is supported by all major search engines. The idea here is to filter out all images except those tagged as being distributed under the “Creative Commons” license. We have found based on extensive empirical evidence that images with this license are for the most part appropriate for classroom use. Further, the filter can be turned on for students only while leaving staff unfiltered on image search. The following strings will need to be appended to image search URLs to turn on the Creative Commons filter:

  • Google: &tbs=sur:fmc
  • Bing: &qft=+filterui:license-L2_L3
  • Yahoo: &imgl=ccr

You can test out search results with the Creative Commons filter applied here.

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