Circle lets you set the Filter Settings just the way you want for each family member. You can configure age-level presets all the way down to website categories, specific online platforms, Custom Filters, and online services like YouTube's Restricted Mode or Google's Safe Search. Circle's Filter levels set what each family member can and can’t view and each of the toggles lets you customize the content experience to your liking.
Setting the Filter level
- Select the profile of the family member you'd like to set a filter level for from the home screen.
- Tap the Filter Level you'd like to set. See below for descriptions of these levels.
- Tap Save.
Circle's filter levels
- Kid - Works for kids 6-12 years old. General platforms 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 platforms, categories, and apps 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 platforms, categories, and apps is available, though explicit and mature content is filtered out by default.
- None - Designed for profiles that you want Circle to ignore, or just be able to Pause, and set BedTimes/OffTimes for. NOTE: Features such as Filtering, Time Limits, and Usage are not available for profiles set to None.
You can also add Custom Filters for individual websites and set them to Allowed, Not Allowed, or Unmanaged.
Managing platforms and categories
Platform and Category Filters can be toggled to Allowed, Not Allowed, or Unmanaged.
- You can change the Filter setting for a specific platform or category by tapping the button beside it to cycle through "Allowed", "Not Allowed", and "Unmanaged".
NOTE: Each platform and category comes with a description to help you make the decision about whether to allow, filter, or ignore.
- Tap Save when finished.
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.
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.
Don't see the platform listed that you would like to manage? We've got you covered. You can also add Additional Platforms for individual websites and set them to Allowed, Not Allowed, or Unmanaged.