Over the next few weeks we will be Reading to Become Experts! During this time we may be using books and internet sources to read and learn about certain topics that we would like to become more expert in.
We need to understand a little more about how search engines work. View the video below from the very good Common Craft Plain English series on Web Search – Strategies in Plain English
Today we looked again at Boolify – a safe search engine for kids. We will continue using this search engine in class and at home as well as a few others. You can always find the links to these safe search engines on our right hand sidebar of our class blog.
Boolify helps students bridge that gap by visualizing the process and letting students interact with the abstract concept behind the search process in a tangible and hands-on way.
Check out this 1:25m video on how to get started with Boolify
SquirrelNet is a kids only search engine that has Google SafeSearch activated. From the homepage itself, you can also access the Google directory of websites relevant for children.
Dib Dab Doo & Dilly Too!
The search engine is again based on Google Custom Search and it tries to keep the content as children friendly as possible.
A web search site designed for kids by librarians – with kid-friendly results!
Search Engines for Kids
– and what they search –
- Awesome Library – 14,000 carefully reviewed resources
- Britannica – websites, magazines, books and the Encyclopedia Britannica.
- Dibdabdoo – metasearch DMOZ – Yahooligans – Kids Click
- INFOMINE – scholarly internet resources in K-12
- KidsWeb – Mid-Continent Public Library kid’s directory
- SuperKids SuperSearch – selected sites
(adapted from: Ivy’s Search Engine Resources for Kids)
No Search Engine is entirely 100% safe. Custom search helps to keep out a lot of unsavory links, but it is definitely not foolproof. Most of the search engines for kids also display ads with some undesirable ones sneaking in. Parental control software in combination with these search engines can help to keep children shielded from the bad side of the web. It is a tough battle but at least with these sites, parents and teachers can worry a little less.
As with any use of technology, each time we use our laptops in class we will always include strategies for what to do when the “undesirables” sneak in.
Information also adapted from: Make Use Of: 10 Search Engines for Kids with Safe Browsing