There's now a 'child-friendly' search engine just for kids

By Litaletu Zidepa
29 February 2016

It's not easy making sure your kids don't come across inappropriate things online – but this site might make it a whole lot easier.

It's not easy making sure your kids don't come across inappropriate things online – but this site might make it a whole lot easier.

Kiddle was launched to help parents and kids search the net worry-free.

The family-friendly site, which features a cool red robot and fun space theme, is said to filter out any explicit or 'adult' content, and even celebs that would lead to explicit content and displays.

"Safe sites and pages are written specifically for kids," their website states, "Handpicked and checked by Kiddle editors.”

For example, if a child searches ‘Kim Kardashian’, the site will show biographies about the reality show star instead of personal stories or her (often explicit) social media accounts.

Celebs like Pamela Anderson are not included in the search engine.

If you search her name the words, “Oops, looks like your query contained some bad words. Please try again!” pop up.

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The search engine turns put in a very specific way. Generally the first three results are written and proof-read by Kiddle editors specifically for kids and are safe for them to read.

The next four results are easy and readable articles written in simple language by the editors.

The last group are a little bit trickier, but still filtered by Google's 'Safe search’ mechanism. While the site does look a bit like Google, it's not affiliated to the tech giant.

Kiddle also features big image thumbnails and fonts so kids can read the text better. In addition, the search engine claims to clear its logs every 24 hours and doesn’t collect personal information.

Parents wanting to go the extra mile can request ‘Key word blocking’ and ‘Site blocking’ by filing in a form if there are specific words or sites they don't want their children to see.

It's worth noting that UK tabloid The Mirror reported that a search for Khloe Kardshian still turned up some information that may be considered inappropriate for younger kids. When YOU tested the site, no such results turned up.

"Since Kiddle uses Google's Safe Search technology as part of our algorithms, sometimes a questionable link (mostly PG-13) comes through," a Kiddle spokesman told MailOnline.

If you're looking for more tips for keeping your kids extra safe online, click here.

Sources: Sky News, The Mirror, Tech Times, MailOnline

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