As parents, we pretty much HAVE to accept that the internet is part of our kids’ lives—and their schoolwork. I never let my kids Google unsupervised for fear of what will pop up on even the most innocent of searches, and it can be a pain, but a very worthwhile one. But now, the good folks at Google have a solution for parents with internet-savvy kids: a new search engine specifically designed to keep searching safe for kiddos. It’s called, appropriately, Kiddle. (Kiddle.co, not .com!)
But how does it work? And more importantly, does it work like they say it does? Well, I checked it out for you, and I can say, so far…YES! Woohoo! Here’s what you need to know:
- The Kiddle interface looks much like your regular old Google search page
- According to the Tech Times :
The first one to three results will include safe sites and pages that are written specifically for kids that are handpicked and checked by the editors. The next four to seven results will feature sites that include content that is written in simple language so that young children are able to comprehend what they are researching. These too are handpicked and checked by the editors. Results eight and onward include sites written for adults that are still filtered by Google safe search but are a bit harder for children to comprehend.
- If your child does try to type in something inappropriate, they will get a screen like this (and yep, I tried it, IT WORKS!):
- Kiddle’s logs are cleared every 24 hours and Kiddle collects no personal information.
- If your child wants more information on a celebrity, Kiddle will only pull up safe info about that celeb. So in other words, if they search for Miley Cyrus, they’ll get more Hannah Montana and no “Wrecking Ball”. Whew! (and yes, I DID double-check this one for ya and search Miley myself!)
All in all, I think this a pretty great favor Google has done for parents! Now that I’ve tested it, I’m ready to let my kids try. Have you and your family tried Kiddle yet? What did you think?