Common Sense Media says

Excellent search engine with really poor protections.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site makes room for kids to be inquisitive and proactive about learning.

Violence

Kids searching without the adult-content filter could find sites that include real-life images or videos of violence.

Sex

Bing's easy-to-disable adult-content filter combined with its smart-motion video feature makes previewing porn a snap. Just hover the mouse over a preview thumbnail and it plays the clip without even launching the porn site.

Language

Kids could come across sites that include profanity.

Consumerism

One of Bing's stated goals is to make it easier to make a purchasing decision. As with Google, ads take the form of search results labeled as sponsored links. These paid listings are not obtrusive and sometimes useful.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Kids could find sites that talk about, show, or even glorify drug use.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bing, an excellent search tool, makes it too easy to find and watch Internet sex videos. All a kid has to do is hover a mouse over a sex video thumbnail and it starts playing. Unless you set your preferences to "Strict" we actually don't recommend kids use Bing. And because the user (such as your teen) can easily modify the content filter settings, a better solution would be to install a stand-alone filtering program on your computer rather than rely on Bing's options.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Microsoft claims its search engine, Bing, is better than market leader Google because it uses a "decision engine" to help people make more informed choices. Bing's best-known feature so far is "smart motion," a preview mode for video search results. Simply hovering a mouse lets users see and hear videos inside thumbnails without leaving Bing.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Bing is fast and boasts some whiz-bang features, such as a search history. Bing really does make some decisions easier. However, some parents will think Bing is a tad too good at searching the Internet. Unlike other search engines, Bing pops up a dialog box whenever it finds adult content and asks if the user would like to turn off the Safe Search feature. (Google and Yahoo bury this setting on a preferences page.) The result? Even computer novices can easily disable the built-in filter and get an eyeful by passing the cursor over Bing's live video thumbnails. As one of the most popular search engines out there, it's pretty much expected kids will find themselves on Bing at one time or another. Parents can protect kids by installing filtering programs on home computers and enabling parent controls on kids' computer Web browsers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about sex before kids see it in action on the Web, which has for some time now been rife with free, hard-core porn; Bing just makes it easier to find. Self respect, disease, pregnancy and parents’ personal beliefs can all be a part of the discussion.

  • Periodically ask your kids to show you what they've found online that they like. Showing that you're interested in the good stuff they've been finding may mean they're more comfortable coming to you if something on a site bothers them. Make sure kids know to check in if they see something that's hateful, pornographic, or violent.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

This review of Bing was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Kid, 11 years old Written byhunter98 May 28, 2010
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

really? commonsense really?

commonsense you over rated again its just another search engine its good and helps

Teen, 14 years old Written byannoyed14 June 21, 2009
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

It's a search engine!

It SEARCHES the internet, and shows what it finds. Don't blame the website. Your review is horrendously stupid.

Kid, 8 years old February 4, 2010
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

THERE'S NO BIG DEAL ABOUT IT

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Top Kids' Movies: An Essential Guide for Families