'Kiddle' for Kids Keeps Internet Searches Squeaky Clean (and We Mean Squeaky)


Parents have a tough time as is trying to keep up with their kids and with changing technology. Often navigating the line between full-on spying and taking necessary precautions, many moms and dads are simply looking for a few safety nets. A new child-friendly search engine called Kiddle has surfaced, aiming to filter your little one's Internet search and help prevent parents everywhere from having a heart attack.


Kiddle. It's catchy.

Harnessing the power of Google's Safe Search for Kids, this third-party provider is all about keeping kiddos free and clear from incidents that would end with Mom screaming, "What the hell are you looking at?!"

Kiddle's goal is to filter what kids can and can't search, and since launching, it has come under fire for banning LGBT-related search words -- including gay, bisexual, and transgender, to name a few. Anytime you would search one of these words, the response would be, "Oops, looks like your query contained some bad words. Please try again!"

As of Tuesday morning, however, Kiddle has changed the search result to reflect a friendlier way of saying, "We aren't about to tackle these issues. Go ask your parents."

Kiddle LGBT search word ban

Honestly, I get it -- and am happy Kiddle changed its search results to this format. "Gay" and "bisexual" certainly aren't bad words, and shouldn't be treated as such. I mean, can you imagine being the child of an LGBT parent and finding that?

On the flip side, there are topics that will make moms and dads change up their approach. I'm pretty sure there are quite a few parents who are happy to hear that certain subjects are left with a prompt that encourages discussion with them. And, as you might've guessed, the word "sex" gets a big fat bad-word label. (It's not just LGBT words that are filtered.)

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What is interesting, however, is that Kiddle also identifies "pregnancy" and "pregnant" as bad words. Depending on who you talk to, they can be bad ... I'm kidding.

Kiddle pregnancy search ban

Interestingly enough, "breastfeeding" is okay.

And if kids happen to search for ... I don't know ... Miley Cyrus, at least they'll get filtered results that are pretty clean, and don't include those risqué snaps, pasties, and dildos.

Kiddle search engine test

Yes, there are going to be flaws. And yes, nothing is 100 percent foolproof. But overall, I think Kiddle isn't that horrible of an idea. In fact, I would prefer my boys use something with a filter in their younger years.

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I don't know about you, but I'll own up to the adventures I had on the World Wide Web back in the day. Sure, modern technology wasn't even close to how it is today (does anyone else remember the AOL man taking 10 minutes to "dial up"?), but I was a curious little thing -- which makes me believe the apple won't fall far from the tree with my own children.

It's just way too easy to "accidentally stumble" across sex toys, "blue waffles" (middle-schoolers told me about it; you can google it, but don't eat while doing so ...), and horrifying news stories when you're a little kid trying to work on a book report about your favorite zoo animal.

Sure, my sons will eventually get bombarded with the harsh realities of life, but for now, I want them to enjoy being kids -- and if that means a little extra protection in the Internet department keeps them in a comfy bubble, I say, why not?



Images via Kiddle

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