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:
- Sweet Search - A group of experts, including librarians and teachers, evaluates all content from this search engine.
- Top Marks - A great site developed in the UK by teachers who approved everything on this site.
- Quintura for Kids - An innovative search engine for kids that displays results in a cloud-based style. Also, has apps for mobile devices.
- Kid Rex - Wonderful search engine designed around Google's safe search. Very nice visual appeal for kids.
- Ask Kids - Search engine designed for kids ages 6-12.
- Yahoo Kids - Previously known as Yahooligans, Yahoo Kids is a fun site for kids to gather information on the internet.
- Famhoo - Family-friendly search engine that filters all content.
- One Key - Developed in 1996, One Key, in collaboration with Google, does a nice job of creating a safe search engine.
- Google (safe search) - Google has a safe-search setting which can be locked into place at the browser level for those that use Firefox.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and read his blog at cyber-kap.blogspot.com