Website review by
Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
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Excellent search engine with really poor protections.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 77 reviews

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Positive Messages

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


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


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.


Kids could come across sites that include profanity.


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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJoLo14 April 30, 2019


This is the stupidest most idiotic thing ever invented it pops up when you don't want it and looks stupid and pops up when I want damm google
Adult Written byklonplah12 January 26, 2020

don't get it

it never searches trending subjects and full of ads. GET GOOGLE!!!!
Kid, 11 years old June 23, 2009



Teen, 15 years old Written byCooltiger37 September 4, 2018

Use with extreme caution

Even if you have your child under a "child account" and have the SafeSearch on "Strict" (which is the case with me), they can still look up... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: April 30, 2019

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