Kiddle, it’s Google for kids

Internet safety and reliability of information are two issues I often consider when navigating the internet. Students are often told to tread with trepidation in using information gathered from wikipedia as anyone with an active account can easily edit in a heartbeat. Safe from a dying mobile phone battery, I remember years ago I was moments away from losing a weeks worth of grocery money through an online betting app after seeing wikipedia had made ‘Sam Mitchell’ from ‘Hawthorn’ as the winner of the AFL’s most prestigious individual award, the Brownlow Medal. The only thing was, the Brownlow Medal count was still hours away from beginning. Suffice to say, Mitchell didn’t poll as well as the anonymous editor of Wikipedia had expected. Lesson learned, not all information is good information.

Taking this life experience into the classroom, and coupling it with the importance of cyber safety, I have come across a wonderful search engine that is ‘child friendly’. In being child friendly, it embraces the security and reliability to ensure children can learn and engage with information without the need to be screened 24/7. It is Google for kids!

kiddle

Named kiddle, the visual search engine is run by editors  and backed by google’s  safe search technology to ensure the first one to three hits are specifically written for children. The following four to seven hits have been written in easy to understand language. Now with a search engine specifically geared towards children, the opportunities for students to develop investigative skills and the nurturing of a natural curiosity have just gotten better. I can’t wait to stat telling my students to “kiddle it”.

 

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16 thoughts on “Kiddle, it’s Google for kids

  1. This is great news for teachers, parents and students! As a parent I often worried about what my children might stumble over when googling whilst I’m cooking dinner or having a shower. It is helpful too when children get to the age that they might think it funny to google the word “Boobies” because in Kiddle there is a security bot that comes up with “Opps looks like your query contained some bad words. Please try again!”
    Really enjoying following your blog
    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, ladies. I was fortunate enough to to be able to do use kiddle in the classroom the day after a teacher I work with read my blog. It was a Geography Yr5 lesson on countries from Europe and North America. Let me just say, the students loved kiddle!

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