If so, you probably know that the major search engines make it very easy for your child to stumble upon web pages, photos and other content that are more suitable for teenagers and adults while searching for “kid” topics.
There are a number of great child-safe search engines out there, and I’ve tried a bunch of them over the years. After all my testing, I must say the one I like best is KidzSearch.
KidSearch is powered by Google, regarded by many to be the best search engine on the planet.
That means your child will get the best search results possible for most any query without having to be subjected to all the nasties that lurk about on the Internet.
In a nutshell, you can think of KidzSearch as basically Google with the most strict form of SafeSearch enabled.
But it really goes much further than that. For example, there are dozens of child-friendly links and resources right on the home page, making it easy for youngsters to explore and learn about the world around them.
Luckily, it’s quite easy to make KidzSearch the default search engine for your child’s Firefox or Chrome browser. Just follow the steps below for your browser of choice.
1 – Install the Kidzsearch Firefox Add-On by visiting this page and clicking the Add to Firefox button.
2 – Respond to the prompts that follow.
1 – Click the Options Menu icon in the upper right-hand corner of the window (the icon looks like three vertical dots).
2 – Click Settings.
3 – Locate the “Search” section and click the Manage search engines button.
4 – Hover your mouse over KidzSearch and click Make default.
That’s all there is to it. Now that your child’s browser is using KidzSearch by default, he/she will enjoy the safest and most enjoyable search experience possible.
Bonus tip: This post explains how to use ‘Child Accounts’ with Windows to keep your kids safe online.
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