KidsClick!

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Excellent kids' search engine detangles the web.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Rather than block kids from learning about social issues that may be controversial, the site provides age-appropriate resources. The message? Knowledge is power.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

The site will catalog resources that discuss sex in a biological sense and provide fact-based information about social issues like sexual orientation, AIDS, and abortion.

Language
Consumerism

No ads, and no links to sites dedicated to products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that KidsClick!, a site directory and search engine created and maintained by librarians, links to some topics that may be considered controversial, but the site's policy is to catalog resources that provide objective, age-appropriate information so kids can understand these topics when they come up in the news. The site's administrators won't list sites that collect private information (such as full names and phone numbers), charge a fee, are product-driven, or promote violence, hatred, or illegal activities.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7 year old Written byeswanson April 9, 2008

Good for "classic" searches but lacking really current info

When my 7 yo son wanted to Google to find out more abt his favorite animal, beavers (ACK!), I bookmarked KidsClick for him to use instead. It's great for... Continue reading
Adult Written bymadhouse000 September 9, 2016

I found a penis

I entered he word "car" in the keyboard search and it sent me to the "How it Works" website which told me all about a car. But that website... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old January 29, 2011
Kid, 8 years old July 15, 2012

What's it about?

From aardvarks to zoos -- and more than 600 subjects in between -- KIDSCLICK.ORG has something for every surfer. Kids can browse by topic or use a search engine, and each site cataloged includes a description and reading level. Site features range from homework helpers to fun stuff like classic arcade games and origami instruction. There's also help for kids facing tough issues like bullying or the death of a family member, and a special section with resources for kids affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Is it any good?

KIDSCLICK! isn't the most sophisticated site -- especially when it comes to design -- but it offers an impressive breadth of information along the lines of what kids might find in libraries. Since the site was created and maintained by librarians, parents can rest assured that the resources provided are credible. A directory of sites focused on images provides a safe alternative to regular search engines.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why it may be better to go to a kid-safe site like KidsClick! than to Google to find the best age-appropriate, reliable information.

  • What are the benefits of having search engines and sites designed just for kids? What are safe sites to browse? How can you tell which sites you can trust?

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