As technology continues to become more and more a part of everyday life the concern of how to keep kids safe online grows. Talking to our kids about online safety is a must, but it isn't always enough. Typing in a seemingly innocent key word into the search box can bring back some questionable results, even for adults.
While there isn't an ironclad way to make sure that kids don't see anything at all inappropriate, there are steps that we as parents can take to lower those possibilities. One way that is simple and free is to use a kid friendly search engine like, Kiddle.co.
Kiddle.co: The Kid Friendly Search Engine
Kiddle.co is a kid safe visual search engine. It utilizes Google safe search along with results that are approved by their editors to ensure that the results do not contain anything explicit. If you come upon a site or key word that you feel are inappropriate there is a simple form you can fill out. If the editors of Kiddle.co agree with you, then they will take action to change it within one business day.
Once your kid goes to Kiddle.co they can search it like most other search engines. If your child types in an inappropriate word or phrase a screen with a blue robot pops up with the phrase, “Oops, try again!” If their search is appropriate they will see great results. Typically the first seven results are hand picked by the editors of Kiddle.co and should be simple for kids to read. The first few results will be written specifically for kids on kid friendly websites. This is true for image and video searches as well.
The search results are in a simple to read font and usually contain large pictures so that your child can easily skim the results to find the result that best fits their need. It also introduces your child to great sources that they can use to write reports or look up information in the future.
Kiddle.co doesn't filter out everything, but we tried it out for quite a while and were happy with the majority of the results. When a word wasn't completely inappropriate but could have more than one meaning, Kiddle.co would only show sites that were appropriate instead of blocking the word completely.
Our Verdict? Kiddle.co is a safe learning environment for beginning internet users
Another nice thing is that the google ads are also kid friendly. This is a great first place to start when your kids (up through age 8) are beginning to learn how to use the internet.
Kiddle.co along with internet safety talks and parental involvement should make online safety one less thing to stress about.
What other sites do you use for kid-safe web searching?