Fortunately, Google provides a way to filter the results. In fact, Google has spent many years perfecting their filtering technology to be the best in the industry. They use a combination of artificial intelligence, advanced image recognition, and a powerful community of billions of daily users that report offensive content to them. However, because of their need to appeal to a very wide audience, the default Google search settings are "moderate" instead of the "strict" setting which is needed for K-12 students. One can set Google results to be strict, but if a different browser or computer is used (student uses a computer at home), or cookies are cleared (they usually get cleared automatically over time, or you may have them turned off for privacy reasons), the results will go back to being just moderate and potentially unsafe. Further, it is difficult to even monitor if the results are in strict mode, since the main body of the search results look the same as regular Google search results.
Other search engines designed for students are available, but they don't come close to the quality of results that only Google can deliver. Further, training students how to use Google is an important skill these days. Just using a site with handpicked children sites is very limiting and misses out on new quality sites that come out on a daily basis. The relevancy matching of the results when compared to Google often pales in comparison, hampering the student's learning experience.
In our opinion and based on a lot of feedback from teachers and school administrators, there are many cases when even Google's safe filtered results are still not good enough. This can happen if a student is intentionally using an adult term in the search request. While not returning pure "adult" results when strict filters are set, the listed sites from these types of searches can still be offensive. For example, there are a lot of gray area "art" sites that we block. We describe our optimal free solution below that takes care of ensuring that Google SafeSearch filtering is always set at school or home, with multiple additional filtering layers we provide to make sure all results are truly K-12 friendly.
The KidzSearch Solution:
We encourage you to try and get any offensive results in our search engine. If you do, please let us know so we can address the problem. All our search results have links after the results to report a problem listing. With 1000's of schools using us each day, it provides us with an army of monitors helping us make the product safer. When required, entire websites that Google SafeSearch has chosen to still allow are removed from the results based on KidzSearch community feedback.
The results returned are the same ones you get using Google,
but without all the harmful content. In addition, we have
special proprietary settings that skew the result ordering
so it shows sites that are likely to be more relevant to
students at the top. For example, there is an emphasis on
learning versus commercial sites.
easy free solution for safe internet
usage when kids access their computer or mobile device from any location. Parents can be given instructions
to always have their children use KidzSearch at home. This
will ensure that they have a safe internet experience when they do their
homework. Further, you
may have internet filtering software on your home and school computer, but what happens when access is needed
on an unknown computer? We provide a simple free solution that can be
used from any computer in the world without requiring
software to be installed. The
KidzSearch App is a free download that works on all
mobile devices and is supported on Apple iOS, Google
Android, as well as on Amazon for Kindle fire devices. The
app is free to download. It provides the same filtering
technology as the desktop version. In addition, most of the
features kids enjoy, such as KidzTube, KidzTalk, etc., are
The KidzSearch App is a free download that works on all mobile devices and is supported on Apple iOS, Google Android, as well as on Amazon for Kindle fire devices. The app is free to download. It provides the same filtering technology as the desktop version. In addition, most of the features kids enjoy, such as KidzTube, KidzTalk, etc., are supported.
KidzSearch Free App is installed, kids can safely browse
the internet. We strongly suggest removing all other
browsers on a device, which usually can be accomplished
using parental controls. Once this is done, a child cannot
directly enter any websites that are not "KidzSearch
approved" via our Safe Search application.
Who is using us?
We provide a special search environment made just for kids that
Quality results. KidzSearch filters out and removes adult images, pictures and text. It does this without lowering academic standards and provides the student with all necessary and proper current educational material, unlike systems that only use limiting made-for-children websites.
Safe image results. We allow students
to safely browse images using proprietary screening algorithms.
Students can select their own background colors and themed wallpaper designs, which encourage use. They can also include their own personal messages. This type of customization can often help encourage students to use it more, which improves their online research skills. It is one of our most popular features.
Cost effective. Our system is free with
nothing to install. In addition, we are very responsive to customer requests, such as
filtering additional terms or blocking entire sites. We usually respond to
requests within a few hours.
autocomplete that provides the most likely search terms as students begin typing in the search box based on millions of analyzed terms done
by schools who use us on on a daily basis. This proprietary feature helps
students find the best search terms for school homework and projects.
KidzSearch Voice Search is a unique cutting-edge ability that allows students to conduct voice searches, which includes web, video, and image results. This feature is currently only available to desktop chrome browser users, but we working to expand it to other browsers, as well as mobile. It is especially helpful for younger children that may not be able to use a keyboard and disabled users.
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