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Kid-Friendly Search Engine Options

posted Dec 8, 2014, 6:50 AM by Autumn Howell
For students in the primary and intermediate grades, going to Google to search for research information or images could end badly whether at home or at school; a student could misspell a word and land on an image or page which they didn't intend or they could see something more suitable for teenagers to read or see. 

There are five free search engines that you can use with your students in the classroom as a teacher or at home as a parent, which are great resources to keep your students safe while navigating and searching online. 



SafeSearchKids - http://www.safesearchkids.com/

  • SafeSearchKids offers both safe search for information as well as for images, which is a great alternative to using the regular Google Search with kids.



KidRex - http://www.kidrex.org/

  • KidRex is a search engine that only offers the opportunity to search safely for information. Kids will not be able to specifically choose to search for images, as you can with Google. They would have to look for their image name + add “image” after the word to possibly find some (ex: ice cream images). However, their site looks great and engaging, so it would be great for students to use to find research.



InfoTopia - http://www.infotopia.info/

  • InfoTopia offers both safe search for information as well as for images, which is a great alternative to using the regular Google Search with kids.



GoogleJunior - http://www.googlejunior.com

  • GoogleJunior offers both safe search for information as well as for images, which is a great alternative to using the regular Google Search with kids.



SearchyPants - http://searchypants.com/

  • This website allows you to create your own search page and customize it for your specific class. This could be a good alternative, but you would have to make an account and try it to see for yourself.
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