Safe Search Engines for Kids

iPads. Computers. Tablets. Smart phones. Game systems. Technology is everywhere. While having so much knowledge at our fingertips can be a great asset, it can also be a very unsafe place for our students. Luckily there are a few tools that make searching the internet much safer for students.


In searching for safe search engines, it was important that the websites
  1. use Google SafeSearch™ technology
  2. are moderated by adults
  3. include contact information
After doing some digging I was able to find five sites that met all three criteria.


Fact Monster is much more than just a search engine. The site contains an encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, a homework center, and educational games. All of their content is provided by experts (unlike most of the "facts" on the internet).


Junior's mission is to "simply provide a safe Google search for the innocent minds of future generations!". The search engine was developed by parents in Canada. The search engine works just like Google, but only provides filtered material. In the upper right-hand corner, there are three buttons: "Word of the Day", "Quote of the Day", and "Today in History".


Kiddle is one of the most interesting search engines to be developed for kids. Not only does it filter websites with inappropriate content, but the results are returned in a specific order.

The content provided by Kiddle is also illustrated with big thumbnails. These visual cues can help your students quickly determine if the website is what they may be looking for.


KidRex is a search engine developed for kids, by kids. The searches on KidRex emphasize kid-related webpages from across the web and only return safe content using Google SafeSearch™ technology.


KidsClick! is a search engine developed by the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University and designed for kids. The most helpful part of the KidsClick! web search is that the results return with a reading level. This may not be the easiest search engine for students to navigate, but it could definitely help you find appropriate websites to guide the students towards.

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  1. Kiddle has recently been called out for not being as kid-friendly as it claims to be. Here's a link to an article about it: What is Kiddle?

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    1. As you know, there are no search engines that will ever be 100% safe. Unfortunately there is too much inappropriate content that is easy to access on the internet. However, I think Kiddle is upfront about their less than kid-friendly results. As you can see in the image above, Kiddle only specifies that the first 1-3 results are truly targeted for kids. You can also report explicit content or request keyword/site blocking if you come across anything inappropriate.

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