Safe Kids Search Engines

Just completed a weekend of ‘homework projects’ – not of the DIY variety, but the kids ‘leave it till the last minute and then ask Dad’ – variety. Being slightly computer centric I felt the quickest and easiest way to assist in the projects would be to let the little fella’s loose on the Mac. However, a couple of misspelt Google searches on the schools chosen topics of research ‘Thorny Devils’ – and the kids were banned from the room until I could find a more appropriate Kid-friendly search engine… The search was intended to highlight the plight of the Australian Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus) – but this was variably remembered and typed as ‘horny devil’; ‘horny toad’ or ‘horny lizard’. The search results were just as varied and on one occasion was I forced to avert their eager eyes with a more wholesome temptation (chocolate)

 

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Kindernet.com

  • Standard Toolbar Search from
  • Homework Tools: Dictionaries, museums, maths, grammar and other useful sites
  • Page of the day – In this case ‘Kids Health’ ages 6-12, which provided fantastic simple and well illustrated explanations relating to common questions kids have about health and disease
  • Kids easily understood the four options for search from the home page. No results for our ‘horny’ project – but later searches returned results which were relevant, useful and age appropriate.

 

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Quintura for Kids (explanatory video for Quintura Searching)

  • Unique word cloud search with words ‘clicked’ appearing in search bar
  • Ability to search for TV, movies, Sports, computers and games
  • Short results page with icons and large text
  • Kids loved the ability to search with the Quintura word cloud and the ‘horny’ problem was easily rectified. Results were accurate, age appropriate and infomrative
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  • Standard search bar
  • Heavily filtered – unable to search for the word ‘horny’ or ‘thorny’
  • Results simple to refine – certainly easier to search on a single word and then drill down deeper by using one of the 15 refinement buttons
  • Unable to find our required Australian lizard form the search bar. However, there were lots of high quality results for our other searches and all age specific and well filtered.
  • Certainly be happy to have this engine filter search results – however, not convinced they would have much left to search due to the weight of the filtering restrictions
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  • Simple search bar with additional ability to refine by images or videos
  • Schoolhouse provides maths, science, history and the arts and can be filtered for age group (kids, teens, advanced teens)
  • access to the International Children’s digital Library – a huge resource for children’s literature
  • Excellent results for Thorny devil – having rejected the word horny as inappropriate
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FamHoo.com (Fam = Family; Hoo = exclamation of joy!)

  • Standard Search Bar
  • Simple search results – with no keyword highlighting so still too complicated for my kids
  • Found the results for our searches to be far from useful
  • Tried the ‘Pamela Anderson’ search as per AltSearchEngines and two clicks later (following the ‘photo link’ to allmovies.com then clicking on celebritywonder.com) my 7 year old was playing Celebrity BoobMatch!!

Alternate Meta-Search Engines

  • Ivy’s Search Engine Resources: Internet search engine links, links to web guides for kids, some specialized search engine forms and specialized search engine links of interest to kids.
  • Search-22 Kids Search Engine Search-22 provides direct access to some of the thousands of search engines you have probably never heard of. It allows you to write your query one time and get the results from different resources by clicking the different search buttons.

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Take the time to review some of the other great resources out there to help the ‘Kid-Parent-Internet’ (KPI) relationship blossom into one of harmonious trust! Check out some other blog reviews such as Safe Kids Online; Children’s web Guide and Directory. There are some great websites that help protect your adult surfing time as well. My favorite is the Web Of Trust and of course Mac users will be well aware of the great parental controls and kid safety features of Leopard….Safe Surfing…

Sanitized search for Catholics

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The best way for good Catholics to surf the web

CatholicGoogle is a search engine built by eBizWebPages just for Catholics. They strive to provide an easy to use resource to anyone wanting to learn more about Catholicism.

This site is powered by Google using “safe search” technology, it produces results from all over the internet with more weighting to given to Catholic websites and eliminates the vast majority of unsavory content, such as pornography.

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The site is not associated or affiliated with Google.com but the site owners work closely with Google to help ensure that the adverts are not objectionable in nature and remain in line with Catholic doctrine. Similar results can be found in the Catholic Encyclopedia at Catholic Online.

Interesting search results for ‘creation‘ ‘evolution‘ ‘genesis‘ and ‘pedophilia

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