One of our priorities as teachers, educators and parents is to ensure that our students are able to use appropriate internet access in secure ways.
Digital literacy and good digital citizenship are two key concepts to continue that process. We try our best to limit our student exposure to cyber thress, irrelevant or inapporpariate material on the internet, as such companies are complinng safe search engines designed with our young learners in mind. Some of our most popular search engines, such as Google, Yahoo and Bing can also be used with the proper settings in place that will make them more kid friendly and ad limitations to meet our "safe" needs. These parental controls can be access in the settings on each each site. We have also compiled a list of safe search engines below and while many of the listed sites are add free, there are some that require limited advertisment. Please use these sites to continue any active searches we complete in class. (click on the headings for the direct link)
‘Kidtopia is a Google custom student safe search engine for preschool and elementary students, indexing only educator approved web sites.’
Kid’s Search Engine
‘KidsSearch.com is a Safe Search Engine for children. We use Google's Safe Search technology and advanced filtering tools on web content. We offer kid friendly links through our directory, each site is peer reviewed for appropriate content, usefulness and fun.’
Teach the Children Well
‘Teach the Children Well is a collection of links to sites carefully selected by a teacher for students as well as their parents and teachers. The site was designed for elementary grades but many of the sites will also be of interest to older students.’
‘Kiddle is a visual search engine for kids powered by Google, offering safe kids web, image, and video search. Results are vetted by editors.’
DuckDuckGo is not necessarily designed for kids but it does however offer features that allow users to search the net without compromising their private and personal information. DuckDuckGo does not store search history, doesn’t run ads, and does not track users.
GoGooligans is another kid search engine that provide a number of important features including: use Google index to retrieve results, apply different kinds of filtering features, excludes inappropriate sites and keywords, offers search in over 30 languages and many more.
‘KidRex is a fun and safe search for kids, by kids! KidRex searches emphasize kid-related webpages from across the entire web and are powered by Google Custom Search™ and use Google SafeSearch™ technology.’
Safe Search Kids
Safe Search Kids uses Google Safe Search to provide search results. It also provides other features for safely searching for images, videos and wikis.
‘Fact Monster is a free reference site for students, teachers, and parents. Get homework help and find facts on thousands of subjects, including sports, entertainment, geography, history, biography, education, and health.’
‘A comprehensive educational search engine, directory and homework helper for the K-12 student. Includes Subject specfici videos, activities, printables, games and more
‘ Family-friendly safe search engine for children. KidzSearch safe search technology is always on and cannot be turned off by clearing cookies or using a different computer. Results are always Strict Filtered. Nothing to install. Free public service.’