Kiddle–Visual Search Engine for Kids
Type of technology: Search Engine
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade level: All
Subject area: All
Description of the lesson taught: I would like to introduce Kiddle.co (NOT .com) to you! It is a visual search engine designed for kids, powered by editors and Google Custom Search. It is NOT affiliated with Google. Kiddle allows kids (or adults) to do website, images, news or video searches. Once a child enters a query into the search bar, Kiddle will pull up a list of related links.
- The first one to three results will include safe sites and pages that are written specifically for kids that are handpicked and checked by the editors.
- The next four to seven results will feature sites that include content that is written in simple language so that young children are able to comprehend what they are researching. These, too, are handpicked and checked by the editors.
- Results eight and onward include sites written for adults that are still filtered by Google safe search but are a bit harder for children to comprehend. ** Please know these results are not edited, so teachers should understand that although it might be safer it is not perfect.
Kiddle search results feature more illustrations with big thumbnails and a large Arial font so kids can better read the text. Also, the search engine doesn’t collect any personal information and clears its logs every 24 hours.
Since Kiddle results are either handpicked and checked by their editors or filtered by Google safe search, you know that you get kid-oriented results without any explicit content. For example, if a child were to search Miley Cyrus, news about her personal life, her Instagram and her Twitter accounts are not shown. Instead, kids will only get family-friendly biographies about the star.”In case some bad words are present in a search query, our guard robot will block the search,” the About Kiddle page reads. There is also a link on the bottom of the homepage to request to block a Keyword or a Site.
I think Kiddle is a great alternative to using Google, especially for elementary students. I think it is also good for junior high school students and even high school students in some cases. It is way less likely that they would be exposed to nudity, violence, etc. like they could using Google.