Today, Google announced a new locking feature within SafeSearch, the filtering mechanism that keeps unwanted sexually explicit text and images out of our daily search results. While SafeSearch has been around for some time, users had no way of locking their settings. Allowing anyone say, a child looking for some risque material to easily access the Google search preference page and change the settings on a particular computer.

Now, with Google’s “Lock SafeSearch” feature, users can determine their settings and lock them using a password determined by that user. A series of colored orbs in the top right corner of your Google search results indicates that the lock feature is activated.

A great visual for parents and teachers worried about a child’s online activity or a human resources manager keeping an eye on an employee.

Here’s a tutorial on the new feature from Google on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNbHGrGJu8Q&feature=player_embedded