Kiddle

What’s Kiddle? It’s a new search engine. For kids.

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Registered in 2014 and powered by Google safe search, the site actually has no connection with the tech giant, reports the BBC News.

So how does it work? In an article for Consumer Affairs, author Sarah D. Young reports:

“After a child inputs a search, the first three results that pop up will be pages written specifically for children. The next three results will include content written in a kid-friendly fashion. The final eight or so results will include content written for adults, but screened for certain unsavory words. All results are handpicked and checked by Kiddle editors, according to their site…should a child veer off the kid-oriented path that Kiddle has paved, the site’s guard robot will block the search.”

If a “naughty” word search is plugged in, this is what pops up:

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Are parents liking it? For the most part, yes.  Any critics? Of course. Read a favorable parent review here, and a cautionary weigh-in here.

Most internet-safety experts still agree that the best surfing safeguards remain:

  • to get the best software filter you can find/afford
  • put the family computer in a central location
  • check the history often
  • establish a Family Technology Plan

-KO

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