Kid-Friendly Search Options - dummies

By Amy Lupold Bair

Part of Raising Digital Families For Dummies Cheat Sheet

A variety of tools and applications allow kids to safely search the Internet. The following safe search engine options let children browse the Internet without close supervision, while not exposing them to inappropriate content:

  • Ranger Browser, a free application available for both Android and iOS, replaces the standard web browser on the tablet or mobile phone.

  • KIDO’Z, a tool available for phones (both Android and iOS), tablets, and computers, provides a free trial, but to fully access the tools, parents must purchase a license of use.

  • Ask Kids is the child-friendly version of, a free search engine designed specifically for children ages 6–12.

  • KidsClick!, a search engine created by librarians hoping to catalog sites and age-appropriate information for kids, allows children to browse by topic or use a search engine.

  • Awesome Library, a web-based search engine designed to provide kids with a safe place to find educational resources, provides kids with only carefully reviewed search results.

  • Dib Dab Doo and Dilly Too provides kids with a Google-based search engine that contains safety filters. This site also provides a catalog of pre-screened links on topics ranging from news to nature.

  • uses a prescreened directory of resources to allow children to search the Internet or browse a directory according to categories.

  • Sweet Search designed for use by students, provides search results that have been evaluated by experts before appearing on the site.

  • Quintura Kids, a children’s search engine, handpicks the sites that appear in search results and rechecks sites from time to time for safety.

  • KidRex, a free browser-based search engine powered by Google Custom Search, uses Google SafeSearch to provide results that focus on kid-related web pages.