Safe For Kids Web Rating System
Safe For Kids is ten years old and to celebrate we are reorganising these pages a little to make them clearer and easier to navigate.
Safe For Kids is a self-rating system for web pages. It is for web authors who wish to mark their pages with a rating to indicate that it is safe for kids. The pages do not have to be specifically for children only, but they must be squeaky clean.
The Safe For Kids meta tag is a PICS label which can be recognised by web browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer when suitably configured by parents or teachers.
If you are concerned about censorship issues please read our response to "Is this censorship?"
How do I tag my web pages as Safe For Kids?
If you have a web page which is safe for kids it is very simple to use the Safe For Kids rating system:
Put the Safe For Kids HTML meta tag in the header of the page. The tag should be as follows,
<meta http-equiv="PICS-Label" content='(PICS-1.1 "http://www.weburbia.com/safe/ratings.htm" l r (s 0))'>
They need to go between the <head> and </head> tags of the source text of the pages along with the title and any other meta tags you have. Try looking at the Source option in the View menu of your browser to see the source of this page as an example. Many web page authoring tools do not have facilities for adding this kind of tag into your pages but you can always do it with an ordinary text editor. If you are a grown up ask a kid to help you!
For an example of the labels in use view the source on this site.
It is also possible to use this system to rate your pages as "Parental Guidance" or "Adults Only". For more information visit the classification page.
How can I mark my pages as Safe For Kids with the logo?
You can also use the blue Safe For Kids logo and make a link to this page if you want to. Copy the image below for the logo of the size you want to the same folder as the page and use e.g. this HTML:
<a href="http://www.weburbia.com/safe/"><img src="sk1.gif" alt="safe for kids" /></a>
You may modify the logos to suit the style of your page, or try some of the alternative logos. We recommend that you test the image and link on your site from a PC other than the one you used to make the page.
For more about the original Safe For Kids system, and how it can also be applied to pages which may demand some parental guidance, we refer you to the original Safe For Kids page.
The Safe For Kids scheme is not the property of any organisation. It is just a proposed application of the HTML meta tag. It is not patentable nor is it protected under trademark or any other property rights. It is open for use by any individual or organisation without restriction and its proper use is a matter of trust and netiquette. Any internet software, such as browsers and search robots, can make use of the information it provides for the benefit of others. Weburbia has no plans to produce such software itself, nor does it have any other commercial interests in the Safe For Kids scheme. Weburbia cannot be held responsible for any misuse of the system or the consequences thereof, which are beyond its control.
Page created 8 May 1996,
Last updated 24 March 2007