Kids’ Tools for Searching the Internet
Parents and educators understand the potential for children to find unsavory information or people on the internet. Many websites offer filtered search tools so that children can familiarize themselves with the internet and find information without stumbling into bad situations.
KID FRIENDLY SEARCH ENGINES
Ask Kids: A children’s version of Ask Jeeves in which the answers have been pre-approved for kids.
Kids Click: A web search guide for kids designed by librarians with 600+ subjects.
Yahooligans: A Yahoo search tool vetted for kids ages 7-12.
Awesome Library: Includes 37,000 specifically reviewed academic resources for students.
Kids.gov: The official children’s web resource for the United States government which includes educational resources specific to age groups.
HowStuffWorks: A resource that explains a multitude of subjects in an easy to understand manner with lots of illustrations.
Go Gooligans: An educational and academic search engine geared towards kids and teens.
Quintura Kids: A kid-friendly search engine geared more towards casual browsing and entertainment more than academic research.
Education World: This site searches 500,000+ suitable websites for students and teachers.
KOL: An AOL version for kids complete with weather, news, games, and search options.
Kindernet: A thorough compilation of homework help resources including online dictionaries, encyclopedias, museums, and grammar help.
MapMachine: An online searchable atlas.
Pics4Learning: A copyright-friendly library of images great for finding images and charts for student projects.
American Memory: A comprehensive search of the Library of Congress’s historical resources.
The Why Files: This website promotes itself as “the science behind the news” and offers simple to understand, scientific explanations of current media stories.
Encarta: A complete online encyclopedia.
Homework Help: A comprehensive listing of homework resources on a wide variety of subjects including biographies, endangered species, flags, and more.
Homework Hub: A useful compilation of tips on organization, test preparation, research techniques, and the like.
IPL Kidspace: A searchable database of academic information for kids including Health and Nutrition, Science and Math, and Computers and Internet sections.
Refdesk Homework Helper: A comprehensive list of homework help sites divided by elementary school, junior high, senior high, and even college.
Homework Tips: A listing of tips for motivating kids to do their homework including tips on concentration, proofreading, time management, and research.
GUIDES TO KID SAFETY ON THE INTERNET
Internet Safety: A set of safety tips from the FBI for young Internet users.
Kid Safety on the Internet: A slideshow of safety tips from the Police Notebook.
Internet Safety Tips for Kids: Another useful listing of tips and strategies to staying safe while browsing the Internet.
Social Networking Sites: A useful guide to letting a child or teen use social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace safely.
Tips on Protecting a Child on the Web: Tips for parents and teachers on steps to take in keeping children safe online.
Internet Safety Guide: An in-depth guide to keeping kids safe on the web including open communication with the child, use of blocking or monitoring software, and warning signs to look for.
Tools for Families: A listing of tools to prevent online dangers including filters, monitors, and special browsers.
The Safe-Surfing Contract: A written agreement of 21 points between parents and children to stay safe and smart on the Internet.
Internet Safety Quiz: Quizzes for adults and kids to test their knowledge on Internet precautions.
Parent’s Guide to Hate on the Internet: A tool for teaching parents how to deal with hate speech online.