We can't imagine a world without Google.
If we think back far enough, we can remember those early school years where we would be forced to go to the library in order to get through our book report or find ideas for our next science experiment. Being able to search the World Wide Web nowadays makes doing homework a breeze.
Seriously, kids have it so easy these days. Not only do they have smartphones to be able to communicate with their friends after school's out, but they also probably have more knowledge when it comes to using computers than their parents. While this could be a great thing — they are the future, you know — it can also be very bad if they start searching for or accidentally pulling up things they aren't supposed to see.
Now, to the delight of parents, kids will be able to use their very own version of Google when using this search engine called Kiddle.
Featuring Google's infamous colors in its logo, Kiddle ditches the plain white background found on the popular search engine's homepage, and instead features an outer space theme, complete with planets off in the distance, along with a robotic alien under the search bar that lives on the crater-filled planet seen in the forefront.
Kiddle, the visual search engine for kids that is powered by editors and Google safe search, allows kids to do a Web, images, news or video search. Once a child enters a query into the search bar, Kiddle will pull up a list of related links. The first one to three results will include safe sites and pages that are written specifically for kids that are handpicked and checked by the editors. The next four to seven results will feature sites that include content that is written in simple language so that young children are able to comprehend what they are researching. These too are handpicked and checked by the editors. Results eight and onward include sites written for adults that are still filtered by Google safe search but are a bit harder for children to comprehend.
"Since Kiddle results are either handpicked and checked by our editors or filtered by Google safe search, you know you get kid-oriented results without any explicit content. In case some bad words are present in a search query, our guard robot will block the search," the About Kiddle page reads.
For example, if a child were to search Miley Cyrus, news about her personal life, her Instagram and her Twitter accounts are not shown. Instead, kids will only get family-friendly biographies about the star.
Parents can also block additional keywords by submitting a form, and may also request to block a site they feel is not suitable for children.
Other key differences is that Kiddle search results feature more illustrations with big thumbnails and a large Arial font so kids can better read the text.
The search engine also doesn't collect any personal information and clears its logs every 24 hours.