Search Engines for Kids

Before we even get started with Search Engines, 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

SquirrelNet
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.

Kids Click!
A web search site designed for kids by librarians – with kid-friendly results!

Boolify
Librarians, teachers and parents have told us how hard it is for students to understand web searching. 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

 

Search Engines for Kids
– and what they search –

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, the lesson 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

Being Safe Online

As you begin to blog this year at ISB, there’s a lot of things that we all need to learn more about.  Keeping ourselves safe online is a pretty important topic so here’s a fun way for us to start!

Task One

  • Watch the video below (Thanks Mr Mayo for posting this one)
  • Talk with 3 others and brainstorm all the “not-so-safe” things that Jennifer does
  • Leave a comment on this post listing everything that your group could think of
  • Now check out the Smart-Rules

 

Being Safe Online

As we begin to blog in Room 231, there’s a lot of things that we’re going to be learning more about.  Keeping ourselves safe online is a pretty important topic so here’s a fun way for us to start!

Thanks to Mr Crosby and his class of awesome bloggers – we’re going to do the 7 Random Facts Post (Task Two) while looking at being safe online.

Task One

Watch the video below (Thanks Mr Mayo for posting this one) and click on comments to write down the not-safe things that Jennifer does.

Check out the Smart-Rules too.