Ask Kids

Website review by
Karen Wirsing, Common Sense Media
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Search engine delivers age-appropriate info; outside links.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

Encourages asking questions and provokes thought for further discussions.

Violence & Scariness

The search engine provides links for information on war and death. These links are educational and informative sites that teach history, but may provide more remote links within. 

Sexy Stuff

Typing "sex" or other sexy words does not produce any search results.

Language

Typing swear words does not produce any search results.

Consumerism

The site has sponsored ads on each page, as well as banners ads.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The site offers pharmaceutical information and facts about what happens to a person's lungs when they choose to smoke.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ask Kids is an educational site for kids that delivers age-appropriate information in the form of a search engine. The home page offers sections on movies, games, and answers. In the movies and games sections kids can find age-appropriate reviews and entertainment. The site's answers section offers facts about nature, schools, math, history, science, and much more. Most of the content is safe and informative, but there are links to other sites that may not be as kid-friendly. Also, some links are broken and some questions come back with irrelevant answers -- both which will no doubt frustrate kids. There are also sponsored links and banner ads.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 and 12 year old Written byMr and Mrs. Williams May 14, 2010

more than ask.com

Language is "s--t","crap", and oh my God.
Adult Written byJsivaches November 17, 2015

Yet another "kids" fail site

I searched 2 things; first was "saw movie"; just guess what movie it came up with. Second was "bondage" ; we all know what comes up for that... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

so-so

this site used to be great, but now it's lame. BTW Jeeves looks nothing like Jeeves from Jeeves and Wooster.
Kid, 10 years old June 8, 2010
i love it.

What's it about?

ASKFORKIDS.COM allows kids to type in their questions or question fragments. Ask can even check the spelling of kids' search words, and suggest a replacement, if needed. If a child types \"math help,\" she is then given a choice: \"We know these answers: 'Where can I find homework help on math?'; 'Where can I find the definition of a math term?'\"; and more. Clicking on any of these selections should load a child-friendly Web site where the answer may be found.

Is it any good?

ASK KIDS is an educational site that sparks imagination and curiosity. Kids can plug anything they wish into the search engine and a plethora of information is provided -- that is, if it's age-appropriate. The site provides content and links that have been hand-picked by professionals that are identifiably kid-friendly and educational. Mature themes and adult content are filtered to the best of the site's ability; however, because of external links this is not guaranteed. Overall, Ask Kids does a good job of providing a safe and educational platform where kids can discover the world and find answers to their many inquiries.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about looking up information online. What sources are reliable for kids? How do you know when you can trust a site's information? What is the proper way to cite Internet sources?

  • Families can also discuss Internet safety.

Website details

For kids who love to learn

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