"Google it" has become a part of our vocabulary; it is our immediate response to satisfy confusion or indulge an interest, an automatic impulse that we just can't ignore. The same is true for our children and students, but Google isn't really the perfect tool for young minds - it turns up inappropriate content, adult-oriented material, and results that can be confusing. Luckily, there are better solutions. Here are a few of our favorite search engines made just for kids ...
Quintura for Kids is powered by Yahoo. It offers children a more visual way of searching using a keyword cloud, which is a great way to learn more about search strategies. Kids can start typing their query in the text box, and then modify it using any of the suggested keywords in the cloud. Children can also search through any of the five preset categories whose icons are displayed on the homepage - Music, History, Animals, Sports and Recreation, and Games.
KidRex is a custom Google search engine for kids. It uses SafeSearch and tries to keep all the results as antiseptic as possible. KidRex also has its own database of inappropriate websites and keywords which further help to keep the results clean. It's super user-friendly and simply to navigate.
Ask Kids is a search engine designed exclusively for children ages 6 to 12. It's a free, safe, fun way for kids and their parents to quickly and easily research school topics like science, math, geography, language arts, and history. The user can jump from the search results to images, narrow or expand the search, find related names and other information, which supports student's ability to make connections between the material at hand and their prior knowledge