Website link: https://www.safesearchkids.com/
Terms of Service: https://www.safesearchkids.com/terms-of-service/#.XdWuBldKguU
SafeSearchKids.com is a website which means you can use it without installing any local software. It is available in any browser. It can be set as the default search page for your local browser similar to any of the other kid-friendly search sites from our list. That means it also has limitations which it shares with all the kid-friendly and kid-safe search websites. There is no firm control to stop ordinary non-kid-friendly internet searches. If your child types their search term into the browser search bar rather than webpage search bar, all of the protections that the website offers are quickly bypassed.
Kid-friendly websites as control mechanisms alone are not terribly effective at controlling access to inappropriate content. However, as part of a comprehensive set of monitoring and control layers they can be an important tool. Certainly, these kid-friendly search websites offer more confidence to parents than regular internet-wide unfiltered search results.
SafeSearchKids.com is heavy on advertisements compared to some of the other kid-friendly search pages. They use the Google technologies available that most other sites use which necessarily means they have the Google ads at the top of each results page. However, they have a fair amount of additional advertising on their pages outside of what Google requires. Just under the search bar (as you can see below), in the right hand sidebar and just above the footer are permanent advertisement locations.
The closest statement I could find on their website was this: “Together, we can work towards a more safe and secure online environment for our kids using Google safe resources and common sense.”
About Kid’s Search:
Along with the ability to search the internet in a kid-friendly way, this website offers searches for images, videos, and the KidzSearch wiki. There is also a floating sidebar with suggestions for parents and kids based around internet safety themes. It has some useful topics for online safety for parents and kids as shown here:
SafeSearchKids.com has a search bar like all of the other kid-friendly, kid-safe search websites powered by Google Custom Search and Google SafeSearch.
As you can see there are also advertisements as part of the home page before a search is even executed. You may have strong opinions about advertisements on children’s websites but that is how they are financed and able to be maintained for our use.
You can also see here that their search features images, a wiki and videos. Each of these is presented as being “safe” for kids. Google offers their SafeSearch product for images as well text searches. The wiki and image searches they reference are actually the ones belonging to and maintained by KidzSearch a separate kid-friendly website (See KidzSearch review here) .
SafeSearchKids.com appears to piggyback on KidzSearch’s website for wiki and video search capabilities.
“Safe Search Kids is a custom search engine using Google’s SafeSearch features with additional filtering added to block potentially harmful material.”
Traffic most recent 12 months according to SEMrush:
Other Reviews of Kid’s Search:
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