There are a number of search engines which offer child-friendly content only. They achieve this by filtering out inappropriate content which you, as a parent, would find offensive for your child. In general, this is achieved by using human beings to filter out the unsuitable sites. The filtered sites include those which address explicit sexual matters, pornography, violence, drug use, and gambling etc.
Most major search engines including Google, Yahoo (in the main) and MSN obtain their listings by crawling the web and then using advance techniques to determine search results. The fact there is no human review and categorisation, as with the child-friendly sites, means it's easy for undesirable material to appear in search results.
As a solution, most major search engines offer the ability to filter the results to keep out pornography and other material that you would not want your children to encounter. Below are some tips on enabling child safe filtering in major search engines:
Google: Go to the Google Home Page, select Preferences (on the right of the search box) and in the SafeSearch Filtering section select the option for 'Use strict filtering (Filter both explicit text and explicit images)'.
MSN Search: Use the Safe Search Filter on the Settings page.
Yahoo: Set the SafeSearch Filter option via the Search Preferences page.
AltaVista: Use the Family Filter Setup page.
AOL Search: Doesn't appear to offer a filter, but enabling Parental Controls might have an impact on web search matches.
Ask Jeeves: Use options for Content Filtering on the Your Settings page or try Ask For Kids.
Lycos: Use the Adult Filter section of the Advanced Search Filters page.
To see a list of of some of the search engines which have been designated as being child friendly, click on the sub heading "Search Engines" displayed in the menu box on the left handside of the screen.
As with child-friendly search engines, there are thousands of child friendly websites. To see a small number of the sites available please click on the sub heading "Websites" displayed in the menu box on the left handside of the screen.
Internet Safety Websites
Here are some websites that we use in school to teach internet safety issues.