What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- analyzing evidence
- asking questions
- collecting data
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
It's a search engine, so there's not much involved. However, the interface is simple, and its duck mascot is cute and could appeal to younger users.
DuckDuckGo prides itself on the fact that it's not adaptive; unlike other search engines, it doesn't have autofill or remember past searches.
A strong developer community is aligned with the site, and help is available throughout the site. It also offers lots of information on why privacy is important and the ways other search engines work.
What's it about?
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.
Families can talk 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?