Written by Shannon Horton, DCSD Media Specialist
Google is not a recommended search tool for those in grades 5 and 6 (and sometimes 7 and 8!), so here’s a quick overview of a few other options.
The first one to seven results will include web pages that are handpicked and checked by the editors of Kiddle for kid-friendly language and quality content. Results eight and onward include sites written for adults that are still filtered by Google safe search but are not checked for quality by the editors.
All of the websites included in this database are reviewed by the editors to be quality sites for students. However, problems with their database exist and that makes searching tricky sometimes. I’ve noticed that if I put in a single keyword I usually only get 7 results but if I add another keyword I get several pages of hits. It’s definitely worth a try, you just may have to be creative with search terms.
Kidrex is a safe search engine for students that is powered by Google, and in addition to typical filters applied to searches, the site maintains its own database of inappropriate websites and keywords.
Kidrex is ONLY about being “safe” and not about the quality or level of the websites it returns. Results are not much different than using Google.
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