DuckDuckGo

Website review by
Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
DuckDuckGo Website Poster Image
Browser emphasizes safe searches, doesn't filter content.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

There's not a huge amount to learn here, but kids can experiment with search terms, adding details to see if they get more specific results. They also can learn about privacy issues and consider their own opinions about safe searching. Is tracking bad? How can it be used? Should the government have access to online records? These are all big questions that exploring this site could bring up. DuckDuckGo does its job well; it doesn't track you, and it's a totally serviceable search engine.

Positive Messages
Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DuckDuckGo is a search engine that may be safer for your kids than its competitors are. But don't let the cute cartoon duck fool you into thinking it's completely safe. Kids can still search for words like "porn," but the links they click won't be saved. Normal search engines grab lots of information from each search, and on the off chance a site gets hacked, an accidental leak occurs, or the government wants your whole Web history, the fact that you visited a certain site could become public.

User Reviews

Teen, 15 years old Written byd_c022 August 12, 2015

Google?

great browser without ads the internet isn't for anybody who doesn't understand it. If you search for the wrong thing it'll take you to a wrong p... Continue reading
Adult Written bydw3000 February 17, 2017

Happy looking duck still leads to dark alleys

This browser definitely browses the internet, but a quick check to see if it shows less 'adult' results than Google - showed a bunch of unfriendly stu... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old April 20, 2017

The Staring Duck

Last month, my class switched all of our computers to duck duck go. It took me three weeks to find a way to remove duck duck go. By that time, duckduck go had s... Continue reading

What's it about?

DUCKDUCKGO is a general-purpose search engine that does not track users, collect or share personal information, or use cookies. If you type \"pizza\" into its search box, it will take you to a list of pizza links, but it will not save that search or send it to third parties. Consequently, you won't be identified as a person interested in pizza, which will prevent a bunch of pizza ads from popping up every time you browse the Internet.

When you click a link through DuckDuckGo, it redirects that request so the destination site doesn't receive your search terms. The site will still know that you visited it, but it won't know what search term you entered to get there.

Is it any good?

In a world where "google" is a verb and is listed in the dictionary, other search engines don't get much attention. But DuckDuckGo is gaining popularity as people become more aware of privacy concerns related to Internet searches. It seems to work just as well as Google, albeit without many bells and whistles. It no longer seems paranoid to be concerned about privacy issues, and, as the online climate changes, it's nice to have another option for searching the Web. However, its cute interface may lead some parents to erroneously think it's a kid-friendly browser. Although DuckDuckGo is safer than other search engines, it does not protect or prevent kids from going to any website they desire.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Review the 10 Simple Steps to Internet Safety. Talk to your kids about maintaining a responsible and safe online presence.

  • Is online safety as important as "real-life" safety? What are the differences?

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