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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.
Infoplease An online almanac, encyclopedia, and dictionary. This site also has a daily almanac, breaking
news, and fun stuff. Many annoying ads.
FactMonster Online dictionary, encyclopedia and almanac. Also homework help and some fun and games links.
From Information Please. Many annoying ads.
KidsSites.Com A rather limited number of sites, but the ones included are good ones. Ads.
Google 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 Bing has safe search settings.
Kiddle 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.
KidzSearch 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.
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.
Ublock 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 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.
NetSmartz Online safety information for kids, teens, parents, educators, and law enforcement agencies.
Stop Bullying.gov Information on cyberbullying from the US government.
A Parents' Guide to Facebook By Ellie Collier, April 3, 2020.
Safeguarding 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
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.
How Much Money Does Your Child Spend Playing Video Games? Information from the entertainment Software Review Board on controlling or preventing spending.
Please address any comments, additions, or corrections to Linda Bertland, retired school
librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org.