Kiddle: The Google for Children



Kiddle is a search engine for kids, which is trying to produce adequate results to an audience of children. It combines the efforts of Google Safe Search through the selection of the editorial team, proposing specially created sites results for children, usually placed in the top three positions.

Between the fourth and seventh result, the engine tries to offer safe sites, not specifically designed for the little ones, but written in a simple way and selected by the staff. From the eighth result on, the system suggests the Google Safe Search results where it appears safe sites, but with a language probably difficult to understand for a child.

On Kiddle, we have already pointed the spotlight. Some users have shown some vulnerability. The robot that intervenes when the system detects bad words appeared in front of terms such as bisexual and transgender. The same has been solved, and now, the robot says that you have entered a request related to LGBT issues. Although Kiddle has nothing against the LGBT community, it is difficult to ensure the safety of all results from such research. They will want to talk to their parents or guardians on these issues.

Other words with which Kiddle seems to have no confidence are puberty, ovaries, menstruation. Ditto for loop and hormones. The balance between appropriate or not appears to have gotten out of hand on other issues. Not even Homo sapiens is traceable. Likely that the system has gone haywire because even the unexpected Winnie The Pooh gets his rights. Same thing for dog and Mickey Mouse.

Many had reported that Kiddle was a Google project (the choice of colors is not accidental), but it seems that it is not.

Many children are already using e-mail using the free services offered by various providers or community sharing. But we often do not realize that by using these services, we expose them to a kind of bombardment of spam that various filters cannot dismiss completely.

An excellent alternative is kids email, a secure email service designed for children. Unlike other email clients, this service is equipped with sophisticated functions to prevent the child from coming into contact with strangers or receiving emails or attachments from people not "authorized".

The programmers of this service have added a number of security settings that parents can customize like the child can receive mail only from those approved by the parent in the contact list. Messages that are received from outside the contact list approved by the parent are placed in the mail queue for the parent to allow or reject before the child can access the messages. The sender can also be notified that their email has been delayed, pending parental approval.

This service also lets controls the content so that the email received by the child does not contain hazardous or vulgar words. The parent can also choose to remove images and clickable links from emails as also block attachments according to specific document types. Parents can see whom their child is contacting as also impose time restrictions for when the child can log in.

You can also block senders for your child’s account. Parents can get a historical location of where their kids have been for those who use the email services free mobile app on a GPS enabled mobile device. Children can email their friends and family on their iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or any device that they prefer

Another strength of this email service is, without a doubt, its graphics and easy to use interface which is suited to children. As for the possibilities of use, the service retains all the main functions of the e-mail client for adults. It can be safely used at school and at home and can be personalized thanks to a choice of many colors and templates (basically the graphic interface).

In order to use this great tool, you must signup in the website, after filling out the registration form. The website is a full version that includes the interface for configuring and managing users for the child along with tutorials.

Although, parents teach the general rules to their kids like to not believe everything, not providing private information to strangers, not talking with unknown people, to be careful of scams, reporting to parents all the strange speeches and proposals but what many parents miss is like the non-electronic medium, e-mail poses the delicate problem so its better to be safe than sorry.

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