Saturday, April 5, 2014

Safe Search Sites for Kids

Kid Safe Search Sites

Menu: Subject Indexes | Search Engines | Fun and Educational Sites | Web Safety and Media Reviews

Thanks to Resources for School Librarians for this amazing list!!!

Subject Indexes

A searchable web directory created by "a bunch of librarians" at the Ramapo Catskill Library System.
The Internet Public Library
Check out both the Kid and Teen spaces.
Great Sites for Kids
Directory of web sites for students, parents, and teachers compiled by the Association for Library Service for Children
An online almanac, encyclopedia, and dictionary. This site also has a daily almanac, breaking news, and fun stuff.
Online dictionary, encyclopedia and almanac. Also homework help and some fun and games links. From Information Please.
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.
Education World
This is a great site for teachers, and you will find lots of links to web sites which will be helpful to students, parents, and home schoolers.
The Virtual Middle School Library
Directory of sites for middle school students and their teachers and parents.
Think Quest Library
This is a collection of over 8000 web sites created by students for students. They include a wide range of school subjects.
A rather limited number of sites, but the ones included are good ones.
This Australian site uses the Kids section of the Open Directory Project as the basis for its directory. Good collection of web sites for school work or just for fun.

Search Engines

This search engine is good if you want to avoid pornography and advertisements.
This search engine seems to be pornography free, but it does have a few Google advertisements.
Quintura Kids
This is a site which more for browsing than for searching. It is not the place to go for homework, but it is good for casual searching. No ads.
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.

Fun and Educational Sites

Fun Brain
Lots of fun (and educational) games for students in grades K - 8.
Enchanted Learning
Education, crafts, and games for the K-6 set.
PBS Kids
Fun for the preschool set.
Pauly's Playhouse
Fun games and activities for children ages 3 and up

Child Safety on the Net and Media Reviews

Online safety information for kids, teens, parents, educators, and law enforcement agencies.
Get NetWise
Lots of information for adults concerned with child safety on the web. There is also information about computer viruses and preventing spam.
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.
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.
Chat Danger
An guide to safe chatting in chat rooms, games, and e-mail.
Common Sense Media
Reviews of TV, web sites, books, and music. Also, this site has articles on media use and abuse.
All you can read or watch: A guide to subscription streaming services for kids
An article by Laura Hazard Owen, Sept. 6, 2013. An evaluation of streaming services for e-books and videos for children.
Entertainment Software Review Board
Check here for ratings of game software.

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