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    When our kids want to look something up for their homework or school project they usually use a Google it. We use it, too, so we know that search results can bring on...unsavory or explicit content that are not for any child’s eye. That’s why we are celebrating the arrival of Kiddle, the Google for kids, which we wish could have come sooner.   

    Kiddle is a search engine that’s specifically created with kids in mind. It is powered by Google’s safe search and managed by Kiddle editors, and together they filter all the bad stuff out.

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    Kiddle’s homepage doesn’t stray far from Google’s. Kids (and you) will feel right at home on the homepage with the familiar colorful fonts on the Kiddle logo and kid-friendly space theme in the background. Like Google, options for searches also include images, news and videos.

    Upon searching, the first three results that show up are handpicked and checked by the Kiddle editors. The site results that show up are either specifically for kids, so sites like PBSkids.org or CoolMath.com come out on top, or are safe and trusted sites like History.com and LonelyPlanet.com. 

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    According to Kiddle, the search results from four to seven are still handpicked and checked by Kiddle editors. They are safe, trusted sites that are not written specifically for kids, but have content written in a simple way, easy for kids to understand. 

    For results eight onwards, these are still safe, famous sites filtered by Google safe searchthat are written for adults, providing expert content, but are harder for kids to understand.

    When we tried searching for famous individuals, biographies show up. So, a search for “Miley Cyrus” won’t give you her Instagram or Twitter account, which already earns big points from us since celebrity Instagram feeds can get racy.

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    Searches containing explicit language are blocked by the search engine, popping up a message that the query contained bad words in place of the search results. We tested this out, and Kiddle blocked searches for crap, sex, poop, and breasts. 

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    We noticed that a search for homosexual or gay was also blocked but with a different message. 

    “You have entered an LGBT related search query. Please realize that while Kiddle has nothing against the LGBT community, it's hard to guarantee the safety of all the search results for such queries. We recommend that you talk to your parent or guardian about such topics,” it read. Same goes for words like gay and lesbian but not for transgender. 

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    As a comparison, here’s what Kiddle will bring up with an image search of “woman.”

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    Here's what Google brought up with the same search. Just a few results down and already Google will show photos that are inappropriate for kids.

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    Another key feature of Kiddle: it has bigger photo thumbnails for most of the search results. The font size is larger too, making text easier to read. 

    If you’re worried about privacy, Kiddle does not collect any “any personally identifiable information” and their logs are also deleted every 24 hours. 

    Keep in mind that while Kiddle does its best of finding the most suited content and resources for kids, it still cannot provide absolute protection from everything you may deem unsuitable for kids. Take the name, Kim Kardashian, for example. A search for her name will still result to a post review of a life simulation game that heavily focuses on what you wear and what level celebrity you are.” Your kids may be curious enough to play it.   

    Check out Kiddle.co here

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