Top 10 Safe Search Engines by David Kapuler

10/21/2011 1:18:16 PM

The other day I received an email from an educational listserv requesting safe search engines for students. After thinking about it (and having just done a list on Top 10 Search Engines other than Google) I was able to come up with a number of them that meet this need.

However, keep in mind when dealing with students and surfing the internet that no site is 100% safe -- even when using filtered search engines. That being said, when choosing search engines for students' use, consider starting with following sites:

  1. Sweet Search - A group of experts, including librarians and teachers, evaluates all content from this search engine.
  2. Top Marks - A great site developed in the UK by teachers who approved everything on this site.
  3. Quintura for Kids - An innovative search engine for kids that displays results in a cloud-based style. Also, has apps for mobile devices.
  4. Kid Rex - Wonderful search engine designed around Google's safe search. Very nice visual appeal for kids.
  5. Ask Kids -  Search engine designed for kids ages 6-12.
  6. Yahoo Kids - Previously known as Yahooligans, Yahoo Kids is a fun site for kids to gather information on the internet.
  7. Famhoo -  Family-friendly search engine that filters all content.
  8. One Key - Developed in 1996, One Key, in collaboration with Google, does a nice job of creating a safe search engine.
  9. Google (safe search) - Google has a safe-search setting which can be locked into place at the browser level for those that use Firefox.
  10. Nettrekker -  Great paid site for searching the web -- not only for students but for teachers as well.
 David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment. For more information about his work, contact him at dkapuler@gmail.com and read his blog at cyber-kap.blogspot.com
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