About the Source
Publication Date: 2018
Kiddle advertises that the first four to seven returned items from a search are handpicked by Kiddle editors. Additionally, Kiddle uses Google Safe Search technology, and though the site is not affiliated with Google, Google’s technology is widely accepted as a credible source.
A Kiddle search for “Juliette Gordon Low” returned about 690,000 results, which is significantly smaller than Google’s 5,030,000 results but about twice as many resources as KidRex returned. Like Google, Kiddle allows users to search by Images (images sourced from across the web) and “Kimages” (images sourced from Kiddle encyclopedia), News, Video, and Kpedia, a collection of 700,000 articles produced by Kiddle. Like KidRex, Kiddle uses Google technology to search Google’s known pages and filters these sites according to their own limiters, but additionally, Kiddle curates specific results that are written specifically for children and results that may not be intended for children but that are easily understood by children.
Each search result is paired with a large image from the site and returned in a list with about ten results per page. There is a small advertising bar above the search results on with advertising related to the search term. The advertisement is small and unobtrusive, but might easily lead young users away from the curated, safe search results.
Kiddle’s hand picked search results intended for young users make this an excellent resource for use in schools and for home use. Parents and educators should continue monitoring and support while children use this tool, giving specific guidance about avoiding advertising “bait.”