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Kid Safe Search Sites

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KidsClick
A searchable web directory created by "a bunch of librarians" at the Ramapo Catskill Library System. No ads.
Great Sites for Kids
Directory of web sites for students, parents, and teachers compiled by the Association for Library Service for Children. No ads.
DK Findout
Search site with good information and excellent illustrations. There are also videos and information galleries. From Dorling Kindersley. No ads.
Kids.gov
There is a wide variety of topics such as art, history, animals, and fun stuff at this US government site. It includes links to both goverment and commercial web sites. No ads.
The Virtual Middle School Library
Directory of sites for middle school students and their teachers and parents. No ads.
Infoplease
An online almanac, encyclopedia, and dictionary. This site also has a daily almanac, breaking news, and fun stuff. Many ads.
FactMonster
Online dictionary, encyclopedia and almanac. Also homework help and some fun and games links. From Information Please. Many ads.
KidsSites.Com
A rather limited number of sites, but the ones included are good ones. Ads.

Search Engines

KidRex
This search engine is good if you want to avoid pornography and advertisements.
KidzSearch
This search engine seems to be pornography free, but ads are on the top of the results page.
Sweet Search
This is a search engine which searches sites which have been approved by researchers. The results screen is rather cluttered, and it is very easy to get directed to Finding Dulcinea which is the parent of the Sweet Search site. The reading level of the articles retrieved was rather high. This site has Google ads.

Fun and Educational Sites

Fun Brain
Lots of fun (and educational) games for students in grades K - 8. A few ads.
Enchanted Learning
Education, crafts, and games for the K-6 set. I only found one ad per page.
PBS Kids
Fun for the preschool set. No ads.
Pauly's Playhouse
Fun games and activities for children ages 3 and up. No ads.

Child Safety on the Net and Media Reviews

NetSmartz
Online safety information for kids, teens, parents, educators, and law enforcement agencies.
Stop Bullying.gov
Information on cyberbullying from the US government.
Nobullying.com
Helpful tips for young people from Nobullying.com.
iKeep Safe Internet Safety Coalition
This site provides internet safety information for students, teachers, and parents. It is sponsored by state governors,and/or first spouses, law enforcement agencies, and many other groups.
A Parent's Guide to Facebook
A 32 page booklet to help you understand facebook, and to help you to teach your child to use it safely.
Growing Wireless
Many wireless networks provide means for parents to control their children's use. There is also quite a bit of information on how to teach children the safe use of wireless.
Media Smarts
An extensive site with information for children, parents and teachers. The information provided deals with all forms of the media. By the Canadian Centre for Digital and Media Literacy
Get Safe Online
Information about protecting your computer, your identity, and your business information while online.
Stay Safe Online
There is information here about child safety on the net, and there is also very important information about guarding your computer from viruses and hacker attacks. Try taking the self test to find out how well prepared your computer is.
Kid's Online Safety
Articles for both parents and kids. This site is by the Federal Trade Commission.
Childnet
An international group working to promote online safety. There is information here for young people, parents, and teachers.
Common Sense Media
Reviews of TV, web sites, books, and music. Also, this site has articles on media use and abuse.
Entertainment Software Review Board
Check here for ratings of game software.
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