Kiddle, a new customised visual search engine for children that uses a modified version of Google search to make such activities safe and age-appropriate for children. The search engine includes features like safe search, kid-oriented results, big thumbnails, large fonts, and modified privacy settings. However, contrary to popular perception, this is not a product offering from Google.
Entering the search site, one finds Kiddle written in the characteristic colourful Google style, this time set not against the plain white of Google, but a colourful alien planet surface. There is also a red droid alien waiting to answer all your queries.
How Kiddle is Specifically Designed for Kids
1) Safe search: Sites appearing in Kiddle search results satisfy family friendly requirements, as they filter sites with explicit or deceptive content. Read more on kids safe search on Kiddle here.
2) Kids-oriented results: For each query, it returns results in this order:
- Safe sites and pages written specifically for kids. Handpicked and checked by Kiddle editors. Typically, these rank as results 1-3.
- Safe, trusted sites that are not written specifically for kids, but have content written in a simple way, easy for kids to understand. Handpicked and checked by Kiddle editors. Typically, results 4-7.
- Safe, famous sites that are written for adults, providing expert content, but are harder for kids to understand. Filtered by Google safe search. Typically, results 8 onwards.
3) Big thumbnails: Most Kiddle search results are illustrated with big thumbnails, which makes it easier to scan the results, differentiate between them, and click the most appropriate results to your query. Thumbnails serve as visual clues and are especially beneficial to kids as they don’t read as fast as adults. I queried “einstein“, here’s the search results from Kiddle.
4) Large Arial font in Kiddle search results provides better readability for kids.
5) Privacy: Kiddle claim that they don’t collect any personally identifiable information, and the logs are deleted every 24 hours. Read Kiddle’s full privacy statement here.
So start Kiddling 🙂