DuckDuckGo

Common Sense Media says

Browser emphasizes safe searches, doesn't filter content.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence
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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • naming
  • reading
  • spelling
  • vocabulary

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • asking questions
  • collecting data

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

DuckDuckGo prides itself on the fact that it's not adaptive; unlike other search engines, it doesn't have autofill or remember past searches.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • naming
  • reading
  • spelling
  • vocabulary

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • asking questions
  • collecting data

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Polly Conway

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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?

QUALITY
 

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?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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