Parents' Guide to


By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Student search engine gives kids credible, relevant results.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this website.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

I did a search for a naughty word. And... OMG

I did a test of this "search engine for students" I typed in a naughty keyword and sure enough naughty content came up in the ads. I would not recommend a site like this for children. Here is the link: it's the Google tracking ads that are pornographic. I'd recommend AlltheInternet instead with SafeSearch enabled here's the same search… Hope that helps, Molly

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 16+

Worse Than I Thought

This title has:

Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (2 ):

SweetSearch provides middle and high school kids with a search engine that suggests safe, relevant site options. Research experts, librarians, and teachers have proactively reviewed the 35,000 sites that may appear in search results to ensure they're a reliable information source. Some options are from findingDulcinea, which was created with a similar goal by the same company; others are reputable sites from organizations like the University of Colorado, the New York Times, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Though sites are pre-screened, kids can still encounter opinion pieces and less credible articles. Kids should continue to use critical thinking skills while gathering research with SweetSearch.

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