Kiddle

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Kid-friendly search with suitable results, some exceptions.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn about virtually any topic they type into the site's search field. Kiddle says its results should only include websites created for kids -- and kid-friendly content on sites meant for adults. Sources range from news outlets such as the Washington Post to reference materials such as Encyclopedia.com. Parents may not be comfortable with a small amount of the content kids can see, such as articles on chlamydia, which are informative but possibly not appropriate for younger users. But Kiddle generally filters out sites that are too mature for kids and can serve as a tool to help them research subjects they're interested in.

 

Positive Messages

Encourages kids to be curious about world around them, investigate topics they'd like to learn more about.

Violence & Scariness

Kids can stumble across some fairly graphic images of skinned animals in an article on how hunters prepare meat; a search for crime scenes turns up bloody murder site images from a TV show.

Sexy Stuff
Language

Filters seem to block major swear words.

Consumerism

Google ads sometimes appear with results; some search results lead to sales-based sites. A search for the word "bra," for example, turns up sports bras you can buy on Adidas' website.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Searches for alcohol-, drug-related terms produce articles, other informative results that don't promote use, abuse.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kiddle is a search engine that's designed to provide safe search results for kids. The site is designed to block profanity and other questionable words from search results. But some violent content can still be found depending on the search results, such as those on TV shows or hunters. Alcohol- or drug-related searches provide factual results that don't endorse or promote use or abuse. Some search results may lead to sales-based sites and may also feature search-based ads on results pages. Parents should also know that if they come across any questionable websites, they can submit a request to have Kiddle block them. Users can also request certain keywords be banned.

User Reviews

Adult Written byJsivaches June 17, 2017

It actually works as advertised

As expected searching is very limited but things will actually come up for kids. Only the top ads are a problem but the main results are good (I searched the hu... Continue reading
Parent Written byMichelle G. October 19, 2017

Helpful encyclopedia function

Kiddle helped us with a 6th grade psychology report, we used the encyclopedia part of the site and got a big-kid appropriate entry with highlights to link to bi... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old October 12, 2016

This is Kiddle

(P.S. i gave it 3/5 stars because i didn't know what to rate it) Kiddle is one of the strictest search engines. If you type in a cuss it gives an error tha... Continue reading

What's it about?

KIDDLE is designed to be a safe search engine for kids and is supposed to be free from controversial or mature subjects. Results come from Google Safe Search, which the site says will filter out explicit or deceptive content. In search results, the first few websites listed are ones written for kids, which Kiddle editors have approved. The next few are sites that weren't created for kids but are easy to understand and safe. The remaining results are more complex sites that have made it through Google's filters. Kids can also narrow searches to specifically find news items, images, or videos.

Is it any good?

Some users may assume this website is from Google, since Google Safe Search is prominently mentioned, its privacy policy says the site is powered by Google custom search -- and its logo echoes Google's logo colors. But Google's published list of products doesn't include Kiddle; and several sources, including BBC News and CBC News, have said there's no affiliation. The site does a decent job of preventing sites containing nudity, swearing, and gratuitous violence from appearing in search results. Some harsh images can get through, though, such as photos from true-crime TV shows.

In addition, Kiddle's list of blocked terms has caused some controversy in the past year. The site reportedly prevented searches using terms such as "gay" and "transgender," although it seems to have lifted the ban, as entering those terms now provides news article and other results. Possibly because the site lists the most kid-friendly links first, search results aren't always too focused; entering kittens, for example, turns up a kitten fact page, kitten video awards, a painting activity, and a poem. As with many search engines, entering longer, more specific terms can help you find more precise content -- or, for a more targeted search, you may just want to help your child use Google and supervise the process.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the benefits of having search engines and websites designed just for kids. How can kids tell which sites are safe to use?

  • Discuss the difference between a reliable source and an unsubstantiated one. How can kids determine whether a source is legit when looking up information?

  • Kids may come across sites with crime-related or other potentially disturbing photos. Discuss how seeing images that involve violence makes them feel -- and how to report ones you feel are inappropriate to site administrators.

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