By Erin Brereton,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Mostly safe kid-focused search engine packs many ads, flaws.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn about topics including math, science, reading and writing, history and social studies, health, and fine arts in site articles. Videos also touch on those topics and cover SAT test preparation, sports, and a few motivational tips. Homework questions run the gamut from tech topics to foreign language; the site also links to some games that offer logic, division, decimal, and other math-skills practice. News items cover scientific and other achievements. The content found on KidzSearch.com is only the tip of the iceberg; users who come to the site without a specific goal in mind will find plenty to read and learn about, whether it's reading, writing, or arithmetic.
Projects a strong "learning is fun" vibe, encourages seeking out information about topics that interest kids.
Violence & Scariness
News stories may contain some graphic details.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual terms, such as "nudity," are blocked; creative spellings, such as "nekkid," are too.
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Enter a swear word such as "s--t," and you're told it's a blocked term.
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Products & Purchases
Search results list Google ad options first; ads also appear on various site pages.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Most search result items are news articles, but a few, such as a Thrillist post on how to successfully drink during the day, somewhat glamorize drinking and drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that KidzSearch.com is a search engine that's supposed to be tailored to provide safe, adult-content-free search results. Sexually charged terms and curse words are blocked. Some graphic details from news articles or commentary about drinking may be stumbled upon, since many articles found in searches are taken from news sites. Parents should be aware that ads are placed on every page, and Google ad results appear at the top of results as well.
Videos and Photos
Based on 3 parent reviews
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Excellent Resource for Kids
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What’s It About?
KIDZSEARCH.COM adds another layer to Google's Safe Search option, promising to deliver K–12-appropriate results devoid of any adult content. The site, which has a partnership with Google, removes some sites from its results based on input from the KidzSearch.com community, composed of thousands of public and private schools. The site also offers auto-suggest keywords, based on terms kids enter, to help direct them to the most relevant scholastic content.
Is It Any Good?
KidzSearch.com's search engine is its biggest selling point, but the site also offers a good amount of content. Most of the content featured (videos, games, and some other items) is curated from other sites, but there's some original content as well, including informational articles on geography, science, and other topics. More direct, concise instructions on the Boolify Boolean Graphic page, for example, would help kids understand what they're about to do. The site design also is fairly simple; it's text-heavy, and the graphics aren't overly impressive. But the amount of ads that show up on some pages is a bigger distraction. Actual search engine results show up halfway down the page because Google ads are listed first, and kids will see large ads on top of the Pictures and Music pages. Furthermore, some of the site content seems directed toward adults; there's no explanation as to why some articles referencing alcohol bypass the strict content blocking on the site.
Overall, though, there's some good stuff on KidzSearch.com. The search engine capabilities alone are a reason for checking it out. It's unlikely that kids will never see anything iffy, which the site recognizes; its About Us section encourages parents to try to get offensive search results and let administrators know, so they can block the terms or websites. But chances are that kids are safer looking up topics on KidzSearch.com than they would be on many other search sites.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about using search engines to find information online. Why would a site that screens the results be better to use than other search engines?
Search engines often provide a bunch of options, some of which may not be legit. How can you tell if a website is a valid source of information?
Discuss the difference between opinion and fact. Which signs might indicate something on a website is someone's thought as opposed to something factual?
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, vocabulary, Math: division, fractions, geometry, Science: biology, physics, Social Studies: geography, global awareness
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: collecting data, logic, solving puzzles, Self-Direction: academic development, personal growth, Tech Skills: using and applying technology
- Genre: Browsing and Searching
- Topics: Arts and Dance, History, Music and Sing-Along, Numbers and Letters, Science and Nature
- Pricing structure: Free
- Last updated: March 1, 2016
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