We have all had the shocking experience of searching for a harmless search term only to find a not so innocent search result!
Luckily there are now some fantastic search engines for kids available.
I was at A School in the southern part of South Australia earlier this year running a professional development day for the staff of a school. We had just finished looking at how to develop a search strategy with our students and a few of the teachers needed to find a picture of an Aussie thong (the type worn on the sole of your foot). It doesn’t take much to imagine what sort of results they received even with the safe search setting in Google set to strict.
From that day on, I have always used the search term ‘thong’ as a tool to measure just how safe a search engine is.
We want this kind of Aussie thong NOT...well use your imagination...
Below is a list of search engines for kids. Each search engine has been selected because it is:
- Easy to use – these sites are easy to navigate and appealing to young eyes
- Free of ads – why people would put ads advertising casinos on search engines for kids is beyond me!
- Delivers search results that have educational value – for example when you search ‘cars’ the results predominately are of educational value (not car hire, car prices etc)
- Give an error message when ‘thong’ is searched for – definitely my yard stick – if this term gets through, I don’t recommend the site.
Here are the top three search engines for kids: