Internet and Website Filtering

Customize settings to limit what can be viewed online for individual family members by choosing age-appropriate (or blocking inappropriate) app and website content for social media, video and gaming apps, and more.

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Why Internet Content Filters Matter

For parents, the Internet offers tons of positives, including entertainment for your kids and opportunities for education. It could even be an outlet for creativity! But the Internet can also be a scary place to imagine your kids wandering around without limits. Many moms and dads of the digital age are looking for a family Internet filter that provides additional control over age-appropriate content and screen time, beyond what a router or even mobile device settings can do.

If you’ve ever tried a parental control router as your solution, you already know, the options are limited, and probably not worth the time it takes to figure out.

That’s where Circle comes in for the win. By setting up the Circle content Internet Filter feature, parents can easily select the apps, devices, games, streaming services, and websites that need limitations or restrictions. Then, add filters to each family member’s profile accordingly.

Each profile is easy to manage, no matter where you are. Just open up the app, and boom. You can change Internet filters with a few taps on your phone.

Here's what makes Circle the best home Internet filter: Circle's Internet filtering software works anywhere. You can use the parental control app as an Internet filter for iPhones and Android devices, and with the Circle Home Plus device, you get a whole house Internet filter on your Wi-Fi network! With Circle, you have full parental Wi-Fi control for all devices.

Benefits of Circles Internet Filtering on Apps and Devices

Managing and monitoring your kids’ Internet habits can be tough. Circle can do all the hard work for you. Our parental controls allow you to choose a filter level for each member of the family that’s totally customizable for their age and interests.

  • Want to allow TikTok but block Facebook?

  • Need to make sure your kid never accesses dating sites?

  • Looking to block a specific website?

  • Want to let your kids listen to music without counting against their screen time?

We cover all of those concerns and more. Circle breaks down the Internet into a set of popular platforms and categories. Those platforms cover both apps and websites. For instance, when you set YouTube parental controls, it will apply to both its website and the app.

If you know your kids are spending an unhealthy amount of time on social media or video games, you can restrict those apps through their individual profiles. The specific websites you know your kids should not be visiting can also be blocked, and you can check in on what they have been visiting at any time.

Here’s How Circle’s Family Internet Filtering Works

Here’s How Circle’s Family Internet Filtering Works

With Filter, parents can have peace of mind that their family will have an online experience that is designed just for them.

Setting up and navigating the Filter feature is simple. Once you’re in the Circle app, select the appropriate family member's profile. From there, tap Filter, and scroll down to adjust what’s allowed versus what’s restricted.

Each Filter Level comes with its own apps, specific to that level of filtering, as well as Category and other setting defaults based on appropriateness.

Circle lets you assign different filter level defaults to each family member profile, making it the best Internet filter for families. You can assign a profile to the Kid, Teen, Adult, or None level.

Circle Filter Levels Explained

  • Kid - Works for under 12 years old. Apps or websites like education and kid-safe experiences are available by default while filtering out sites designed for older age groups, like social media.
  • Teen - Crafted for teens 13-17 years old. Most apps or websites and categories are available while limiting access to many popular apps or sites that are 18+. Inappropriate categories are filtered and invisible by default.
  • Adult - Appropriate for ages 18 years old and up. Access to nearly all apps or websites, and categories is available, though explicit and mature content is filtered out by default.
  • None - The "none" filter level is unique in that it disables all of Circle's tracking AND tracking features for that profile. It can be useful for situations where filtering doesn’t matter as much, like for adults in the household. You can learn more about the "none" filter level here.

Each of these filter levels has a default set of popular apps, websites, and categories settings. Circle does the legwork for you, whereas other home Internet filters will make you do the work. The more restrictive a Filter Level, the more categories, popular apps and websites will be missing from the default lists.

What the Circle Internet Filter Feature Can Do for You

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What the Circle Internet Filter Feature Can Do for You

Circle uses a database loaded with millions—yep, millions—of websites, and bundles them into a few easy-to-understand categories, like Education or Online Games. You can filter Internet content and apps by category or by individual websites and apps/platforms.

Manage or Block Apps, Website Content, and Internet Categories with Filter

Within the default settings for each age, platforms and categories can be toggled to allowed, not-allowed, or “unmanaged.”

Allowed vs. Not Allowed

Content that is “allowed” is available for their use, and you can customize Time Limits as well. On the flipside, content that is “not allowed” will not be available online, no matter what. So, if you want to make sure your tween cannot access YouTube at all, you can toggle to “Not Allowed” for that app.


When you choose the “unmanaged” option that means the selected content is always 100 percent available and not tracked in Usage/History. For instance, if you’re okay with your tween having unlimited access to music streaming or educational content, you can toggle to “unmanaged” for those apps, websites, or categories. No matter what time it is, or how much online time they’ve already used, they can always access this content.

Filtering a Category

A few examples of categories are things like social media, education, music, news, or even games. Curious about what’s in a particular platform or category? Just tap on that category for a handy description of what it contains. If you are unable to see a category listed for a profile on a particular filter level, that means it is always filtered for that level. It’s also important to note that individual app or website settings will override and take precedent over the category settings.

Custom Filters

If you want to get more specific with what your kids can access on their devices, that’s easy too. Try the Custom Filter. Here you can add individual websites to either allow, filter out, or unmanage entirely. For more information on how to manage filters for each family members’ profile, check out this helpful resource.

Circle also offers Safe Search and YouTube Restricted Mode, which automatically eliminate sexually explicit content from search results.

Circle’s Filter Feature Keeps Your Kids Safe

"Circle provides parental controls at home and away. My favorite part is filtering the Internet and controlling multiple devices across family members."

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