The following is my list of internet search websites that promote themselves as kid-safe and kid-friendly. Those are common terms used by these types of internet search sites, but the definition of what exactly that means is open to interpretation. Each parent or educator has their own concept of what is safe, friendly or appropriate for children. Generally, these websites are attempting to filter out sexually explicit content. That is the most common theme. Some of them focus on other possibly offensive content such as violence or adult topics. Of the 10 currently, active search sites listed below, there are 9 that use Google Custom Search or Google SafeSearch in some capacity as part of their filtering process. Google SafeSearch has as its stated goal the filtering or blocking of sexually explicit content. Each site may add additional filtering and blocking logic, or they may directly use the service provided by Google SafeSearch.
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Within each category, the list is sorted from the highest average monthly traffic over the last 12 months to the lowest average traffic. I provide that metric because it gives you some sense of what other parents might be inclined to use based on how much traffic each site receives. A couple of the search sites listed are part of websites with other features and the search aspect cannot be extracted alone to report accurate traffic.
Several other reviews of kid-safe and kid-friendly sites had appropriate ages listed for each of the sites. For example, Here and Here. Since the articles did not agree on ages for each site, and because I could find no references on the sites themselves providing appropriate ages, I assume the ages were their own judgment calls. For those reasons, I have not included ages for the sites listed below. I will leave it up to parents and educators to review the sites and determine if they provide value for their circumstances.
The websites are grouped as follows:
- Sites that use Google Custom Search that does not promote ads (Total of 1)
- Sites that use Google Custom Search that promote ads (Total of 9)
Other related websites
- Sites frequently mentioned as kid-safe or kid-friendly but are not actually internet search sites (Total of 3)
- Sites that are no longer actively maintained (Total of 7) as of December 2019
If you would like to understand more about Google SafeSearch Its history and features.
If you would like to learn more about how kid-safe and kid-friendly search work.
A Website that uses Google Custom Search that does not promote ads
Kid’s Search – (Review and Traffic Graph)
Website – www.kidssearch.com
Monthly Traffic Insight: From minimal traffic in late 2018 to a high of 190,000 visits in February 2019 and then back to minimal traffic in July 2019.
Websites that use Google Custom Search that promote ads
Kiddle – (Review and Traffic Graph)
Website – www.kiddle.co Notice the extension on the URL is CO and COM.
Monthly Traffic Insight: The site has not dropped below about 1,000,000 visitors in the time period and approached 7,000,000 in March 2019.
Kidz Search – (Review and Traffic Graph)
Website – https://www.kidzsearch.com/
Monthly Traffic Insight: The low points in the time period were late last year and in July 2019 at about 500,000 visits per month. In February and March 2019 they were right around 2,000,000 visits per month.
Kidrex – (Review and Traffic Graph)
Website – https://www.alarms.org/kidrex/
Monthly Traffic Insight: This is a webpage within a website so I cannot get specific traffic numbers of just the search page. The URL for this page is www.alarms.org which has many other pages associated with it. From September through December 2018 they were experiencing about 100,000 visits per month. Between January and April of 2019, they experienced a significant spike in traffic to around 1,900,000 visits per month. However, I cannot determine what portion of that is related to the search feature.
Safe Search Kids – (Review and Traffic Graph)
Website – https://www.safesearchkids.com/
Monthly Traffic Insight: Average lows late in 2018 and just in the recent summer months of 2019 around 100,000. High traffic was experienced early in 2019 with a peak in February around 700,000 visits that month.
Kidtopia – (Review and Traffic Graph)
Website – https://www.kidtopia.info/
Monthly Traffic Insight: Average lows late in 2018 and just in the recent summer months of 2019 around 20,000. High traffic was experienced March and April 2019 with a peak just short of 400,000 visits those months.
Kid Info – (Review and Traffic Graph)
Website – https://www.kidinfo.com/
Monthly Traffic Insight: In July 2019 traffic dropped to almost zero after hitting a high in January 2019 of about 175,000.
Dib Dab Doo and Dilly Too – (Review and Traffic Graph)
Website – http://dibdabdoo.com/
Monthly Traffic Insight: Average lows late in 2018 and just in the recent summer months of 2019 bottomed out around zero. High traffic was experienced in March 2019 with a peak just short of 11,000 visits that month.
Wacky Safe – (Review and Traffic Graph)
Website – https://wackysafe.com/
Monthly Traffic Insight: Wacky Safe’s traffic took off from almost nothing in January 2019 to a high of about 22,000 in February 2019 (that is really fast growth) followed by a steady decline of traffic until almost zero traffic was experienced in July and August 2019. See the related article for more details.
DinoSearch – (Review and Traffic Graph)
Website – https://www.dinosearch.com/
Monthly Traffic Insight: Over the last year this site has averaged about 100,000 visitors per month. There was a real spike in the spring of 2019 followed by a return to a normal pattern after that. SEMRush began tracking mobile at the beginning of 2018 which shows an overall improvement of traffic for DinoSearch at that time.
Websites frequently mentioned as kid-safe or kid-friendly but are not internet search sites
These are either not truly search sites or they are sometimes identified as kid-friendly or kid-safe but under our definition do not qualify:
Fact Monster – (Review and Traffic Graph)
Website – https://www.factmonster.com/
Monthly Traffic Insight: This website has maintained a more consistent traffic pattern than most. A low in July 2019 of about 650,000 and a high in January and February of 2019 just over 2,400,000 monthly visitors.
Why it doesn’t qualify: This site is an independent source of material and content. It does not search the internet for content and there are no links that take you to content outside of this website as far as I can determine.
Teach the children well – (Review and Traffic Graph)
Website – https://www.teachthechildrenwell.com/
Monthly Traffic Insight: In September 2018 and again in August 2019 there was almost zero traffic. In between those months was a steady climb to a February high of around 35,000 and then a steady decline to the recent lows.
Why it doesn’t qualify: This site is a list of links to other websites and resources but it technically has no search capability. You cannot enter search terms into a webpage and search for that set of terms. This may be exactly what you are looking for, however.
Duck Duck Go – (Review and Traffic Graph)
Website – https://duckduckgo.com/
Monthly Traffic Insight: Unlike most other search sites listed here that had low traffic late in 2018 and again in the summer of 2018, Duck Duck Go has seen a steady general traffic increase from about 250,000 late in 2018 to about 350,000 in late summer 2019.
Why it doesn’t qualify: This site is dedicated to your privacy. It blocks all of the tracking that is typically done when you search the internet. You know how if you search for pick sunglasses then for the next 6 months you see all sorts of ads for pink sunglasses on every website you visit. This site blocks that type of tracking from taking place. It does not, however, mention anywhere that I could find any effort to block or filter sexually explicit content any other content for that matter. This site would not benefit you if you are trying to block content that you think is objectionable.
Other Inactive kid-safe and kid-friendly search websites
These sites are listed in various places on the internet, but are no longer operating or have not recently been updated:
This site no longer functions. If you go to the search home page there is no keystroke or button that executes the search.
Website – https://safesearchforkids.com/
Also, if I click the link at the bottom that reads “https://www.hugedomains.com/domain_profile.cfm?d=safesearchforkids&e=com” It takes you to a site that advertising that domain for sale.
Website – https://kidoz.net/
This is actually not a search site but a set of tools for developers to implement kid-safe search sites. There is no product or interface directly available to the public. I have seen this site mentioned in some reviews so I mention it here.
Website – https://kidsclick.org/
This site has been retired according to the home page.
Website – No longer available
Originally there was a search website called “Ask Jeeves” that eventually became Ask.com. They created a kid-friendly version called Ask Kids which launched in August 2008. Even the Ask.com website no longer has any reference to this search engine.
Website – No longer available
According to Wikipedia discontinued on April 30, 2013, formerly known as Yahooligans.
Website – https://cybersleuth-kids.com/
Website – http://aga-kids.com/
Sometime between April 2017 and August 2018 this site switched from a kid-friendly search engine to a healthcare site.