“Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.” By E.M. Forster
Digital Citizenship is about teaching students how to appropriately use the internet. One important lesson to teach students is how to search on the internet. Often times teachers assume students know how to do this or they don’t know how to search well so they don’t teach it. For example: If they are looking for information on ecosystems often times I watch people just type in ecosystems verse being specific on what they need. Such as: ecosystems, lesson plans, 5th grade. You get very different information and we need to teach that to students.
One of my new favorite kid-friendly web search is Kiddle powered by editors and Google safe search. I like to use this site to teach students how to search but in a safe learning environment.
Here are my top 5 reasons why:
- Uses safe search which means there is a filter monitoring content. When you type in inappropriate content a “robot” says “Oops, looks like your query contained some bad words. Please try again!” (see image below)
- Uses visual search so the students sees text along with a picture for their search. Like Google you can also search by images, videos etc.
- Uses large font to help the readability for kids.
- Does not collect personally identifiable information and logs are deleted after 24 hours.
- You can request additional keyword blocking or additional site blocking by using the form at the bottom of the site.
Other good safe search engines for kids: