The internet and the world wide web can sometimes seem like a largely un-regulated space with all manner of inappropriate and illegal content. Therefore it’s important that we try to restrict as much as possible some of the things that children can be exposed to.
There’s no real definition of inappropriate in this context.
It will depend on many different factors such as the age of the child, experience, resilience, opinion of the parent etc.
At the top of my list would be Duck Duck Go. This has been around for a few years but is growing hugely in popularity. It doesn’t filter out any of the adult type inappropriate content, but it does allow you to search anonymously. In other words it doesn’t track your searches and doesn’t litter you with advertising.
Next on the list would be perhaps the most popular search engine, Google. Without doubt the biggest search engine Google relies on advertising for revenue, therefore will track all of your browsing history as well as deliver hundreds of thousands of results depending what you have searched on. However, Google have a facility called Safe Search that tries to filter out all the inappropriate results from any search.
The SafeSearch facility can easily be switched on or off by any user, so my advice would be to have a Google account which is always logged in. By doing this, only you will know the password in order to change the settings. Once you have your account, go to google.com, in the bottom right of your browser you will see “Settings”. Click on this and you will see at the top “Search Settings”. By clicking on this you will be presented with the ability to turn on (or off) the SafeSearch settings.
This won’t stop somebody logging the account out, but this is where sanctions may be necessary.
YouTube (also Google) is extremely popular with very good reason.
But, there are all manner of inappropriate videos on here.
YouTube operates a “user flag” function whereby users can report inappropriate content. What this means is that inappropriate content isn’t removed, but by enabling the YouTube safe search you can filter this out.
Kidzsearch uses Google, however it only returns Google “strict” search results and is not dependent on any computer, cookie or browser settings. All the usual Google results will be returned but highly filtered to be child friendly.