Depending on how old your kids are, the internet should look different and cater to their interests. That's where Circle's Filter feature comes in.
When you're setting up each member of your family, you can choose one of four Filter Levels, each based on different age levels. Each Filter Level comes with defaults that you can easily customize to meet your kids' needs, as well as some unchangeable defaults based on what is appropriate to that age level.
Kid: The Kid Filter Level filters out Social Media, Explicit Content, Mature Content, Gambling, Dating, and Malicious Content sites by default.
Teen: The Teen Filter Level filters out Explicit Content, Mature Content, Gambling, Dating, and Malicious Content sites by default.
Adult: Most Platforms and Categories are permitted.
None: All online content is permitted, and no Usage or History will be tracked on this Profile.
Circle has broken down how your kids spend their time online into a set of popular Platforms and high-level Categories. "Platforms" encompass both apps and websites, so when you set a Filter on YouTube, for example, both the app and website are covered across all devices. Circle also uses an online database called Webroot Brightcloud to categorize sites and has bundled them into a series of easy-to-understand Categories, like Education or Games.
Platform and Category Filters can be toggled to Allowed, Not Allowed, or Unmanaged.
Allowed: Devices assigned to this Profile will be able to access this Platform or Category. Usage and History will be tracked and will count toward any Time Limits set.
Not Allowed: Devices assigned to this Profile will not have access to this Platform or Category. Attempts to access this content will be recorded under History > Filtered.
Unmanaged: Devices assigned to this Profile will have unlimited access to this Platform or Category, even during Bedtime and Offtimes. History and Usage will not be tracked and will not count toward any Time Limits set.
Note that Platform Filters take precedence, so if a Platform and Category Filter conflict, the Platform Filter will win out.
If you're curious about a particular Platform or Category, you can tap on the name of it to access a handy description of what it contains.
You can also add Custom Filters for individual websites and set them to Allowed, Not Allowed, or Unmanaged.