Website categories

Symantec evaluates millions of websites for content and assigns categories, such as kids, mature content, or violence.

You can restrict access to website categories that contain content that is inappropriate for your child. The default category settings are based on a child's age, but you can modify these as necessary for your child.

The following table provides the list of website categories and a brief description for each category:




Websites that provide information about or arguments in favor of or against abortion; describe abortion procedures; offer help in obtaining or avoiding abortions; or provide testimonials on the physical, social, mental, moral, or emotional effects, or the lack thereof, of abortion.


Websites that display online advertising content. Individual advertisements can range from legitimate business ads to ads of an offensive nature.


Websites that promote or offer for sale alcoholic beverages or the means to create them; supply recipes or paraphernalia; or glorify, tout, or otherwise encourage alcohol consumption or intoxication.


Websites that display or refer to subjects of an esthetic nature. These sites may include historical or contemporary art but not nude art. (Sites that contain nude art are categorized under Mature Content.)


Websites that sell, display, advocate, review, or describe the automotive market or cars.


Websites that provide information on business and financial markets.

Computer hacking

Websites that promote or provide the means to practice illegal or unauthorized acts using computer-programming skills.


Websites that feature or promote criminal skills, provide instruction for threatening or violating the security of property or the privacy of people, or describe how to avoid complying with legally mandated duties and obligations.


Websites that feature or promote prominent organized modern religious groups that are identified as cults by three or more authoritative sources. Also includes sites that promote or offer methods, means of instruction, or other resources to affect or influence real events using spells, curses, magic powers, or supernatural beings.

Discussion & Online Interaction

Websites that provide a platform for users to discuss, compare, and debate different topics such as technology, games, sports, fashion, and politics.


Websites that promote, offer, sell, supply, encourage, or otherwise advocate the recreational or illegal use, cultivation, manufacture, or distribution of drugs, pharmaceuticals, intoxicating plants or chemicals, and their related paraphernalia.

Entertainment & music

Websites that provide entertainment value for the user. This category also includes internet radio sites.

File Sharing

Websites that provide or promote file sharing applications.


Websites on which users can place bets or participate in online betting pools (including lotteries); obtain information, assistance, or recommendations for placing a bet; or receive instructions, assistance, or training on participating in games of chance.


Websites that provide access to online games that include opportunities to play against other individuals online. These sites do not support or encourage betting on the games.


Websites that display general-interest topics and may represent a gateway to a broad array of resources and services. May also include sites that have dynamically changing content with the possibility to either generate, display, or offer links to content that is inappropriate for children.


Websites that involve government entities, organizations, or functions.


Websites that advocate hostility or aggression toward an individual or group on the basis of race, religion, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, or other involuntary characteristics. Sites that denigrate others or justify inequality on the basis of those characteristics.


Websites that relate to the general category of human health. This category does not include sexual health topics, which are categorized under Sexual Education.

Job search

Websites that are dedicated to job searching, job listings, resume exchanges, and head-hunting.


Websites that provide a safe and interesting internet experience for children less than 12 years of age.


Websites that deal with legal matters.


Websites that may offer for sale intimate apparel or swimwear and may include galleries of models in such fashion.

Mature content

Websites that contain sexually explicit information that is not of a medical or scientific nature. Also includes sites that contain nude art. Nude art consists of non-pornographic images that tastefully and artfully display the naked body. The main purpose of nude art sites should not be sexual arousal.


Websites that are sponsored by armed services agencies or military organizations.


Websites that provide news, opinion, and weather. These websites include those sponsored by print and visual media.

Online chat

Websites that let users chat online by broadcasting messages to people on the same site in real time.


Websites that promote or provide the opportunity for individuals to establish or continue romantic or sexual relationships.


Websites that allow children to copy and paste the texts to complete their homework.


Websites that offer commentary about or support politics of any type.


Websites that contain sexually explicit material for the purpose of arousing a sexual or prurient interest.


Websites whose primary purpose is to provide educational enrichment.


Websites that are dedicated to or describe one or more religions.


Websites that support searching the Web, news groups, or indices and directories thereof.

Sex Education

Websites that contain information on reproduction and sexual development, sexually transmitted disease, contraception, safe sexual practices, and sexuality.

Sexual Orientation

Websites that contain information on sexuality and sexual attraction.


Websites that provide the opportunity to purchase goods or materials online.

Social Networking

Websites that let users create and establish online relationships with other individuals on the internet, including the following types of site:

  • Blogs: Websites that serve as a publicly accessible personal journal for an individual.

  • Forums: Websites that provide a Web application that lets users participate in the discussion of numerous topics, often in conjunction with online communities.

  • Hosting services: Websites that provide individuals and organizations with online systems for storing information, images, video, or any content accessible on the Web.

  • Virtual communities: Websites that offer a variety of tools and mechanisms to enable a group of people to communicate and interact on the internet.


Websites that are dedicated to professional and amateur sports and sporting events.


Websites that offer, promote, or advocate suggestions, instructions, or descriptions on how to commit suicide.


Websites that sell, display, advocate, review, or describe information about technological subjects.


Websites that encourage, promote, offer for sale, or otherwise encourage the consumption of tobacco.


Websites that are dedicated to personal travel planning, vacations, car rental, lodging, cruises, and tour groups.


Thousands of websites are being newly created each day. These websites are analyzed and grouped into different categories. The uncategorized websites are the ones that are not analyzed and categorized yet.


Websites that display graphic violence that dwells on the infliction of pain or injury. Sites that advocate or provide instructions for causing physical harm to people or property through use of weapons, explosives, pranks, dismemberment, torture, massive blood and gore, sadism, and other types of excessive violence.


Websites that sell, display, advocate, review, or describe weapons such as guns, knives, or martial arts devices, or provide information on their use, accessories, or other modifications.


Websites that provide free, web-based email services, which are accessible through any internet browser.

Web proxies

Websites that allow Internet content to be retrieved on behalf of a user with the intent of obscuring the user's identity from the content server or obscuring the source of the content from content-filtering software.

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