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Kid Safe Search Sites

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Subject Indexes

DK Findout
Search site with good information and excellent illustrations. There are also videos and information galleries. From Dorling Kindersley. No ads.
The Virtual Middle School Library
Directory of sites for middle school students and their teachers and parents. No ads.
An online almanac, encyclopedia, and dictionary. This site also has a daily almanac, breaking news, and fun stuff. Many annoying ads.
Online dictionary, encyclopedia and almanac. Also homework help and some fun and games links. From Information Please. Many annoying ads.
A rather limited number of sites, but the ones included are good ones. Ads.

Search Engines

Go to the settings and turn on safe search. I find better results using Google than in using these sites which offer a "safe search". Google seems to have fewer ads than they do.
Bing has safe search settings.
Kiddle is a Google search engine for kids. It seems to be free of pornography, but there are, of course, Google ads at the top of the results list. The results page has illustrations, and it is possible to search for images, videos, and news. There is also a kpedia which is a kiddle encyclopedia. This may your best bet for a safe search site. Kiddle uses Google safe search but is not affliated with Google.
This search engine seems to be pornography free, but ads are on the top of the results page.
Kid Safe Browsers and Search Sites
This is list from Common Sense Media.

Ad Blockers

I am appalled by the number of ads which appear on web sites for children. I am posting some information on ad blockers here, and you are on your own in trying them out.

I have found Ublock to be a very successful ad blocker for Safari on the Macintosh. You can take a look at this page to see if it works on your browser.
Ad Blocking
This is a lot of information about Ad Blocking from Wikipedia
Tom's Guide to the Best Ad Blockers of 2020
I do not know Tom, but I hope he is a reliable judge of software.

Fun and Educational Sites

Fun Brain
Lots of fun (and educational) games for students in grades K - 8. Many 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.

Child Safety on the Net and Media Reviews

Online safety information for kids, teens, parents, educators, and law enforcement agencies.
Information on cyberbullying from the US government.
A Parents' Guide to Facebook
By Ellie Collier, April 3, 2020.
A collection of parents' guides to Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and others. The Parent's Guide to Facebook which is listed above is one of these guides
A Parents' guide to You Tube and Internet Streaming for Kids
A good guide by Aviva Zacks, January 1, 2019
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.
Kids and Mobile Phones
Information from the Federal Trade Commission
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.
How Much Money Does Your Child Spend Playing Video Games?
Information from the entertainment Software Review Board on controlling or preventing spending.
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