Kiddle Aims to Keep Kids' Searches Safe, Appropriate, But Can Parents Trust It?

Kiddle Aims to Keep Kids' Searches Safe, Appropriate, But Can Parents Trust It?

SAFESEARCH ALWAYS ON: The new search engine Kiddle plans to display only kid-appropriate results. The first one to three results will be results vetted by editors for their kid-friendliness, the next four to seven will be websites in simple language, and those after that will be websites filtered by Google safe search, according to Tech Times. Parents can also block keywords and sites for their children's Google accounts. The search engine, which is not affiliated with Google, says it will not collect any personal information and will clear its logs every 24 hours.

Not everyone, however, is excited for the new product. The Independent reports that the search blocks sites that may be of use to children. For instance, children searching Kiddle will not be able to see sites related to LGBT identities and issues.

CORRECTION, March 1, 2016: A previous version of this article said that Kiddle was a product of Google.

UPDATE March 1, 2016: Digging deeper, we've found scarce information on Kiddle's parent company. A few sites have suggested that the creator is Vladislav Golunov, the founder of FreakingNews. Kiddle is also not the only tool of its kind—Kidrex and GoGooligans have been around for years. Hat tip to Polly-Alida Farrington and Frank Catalano, among others, for pointing us in the smarter direction.

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