Are you a parent who always fussed over internet being a pandora's box for your kid? Have you always hesitated on what he/she might find while surfing on the internet?
In a bid to make surfing easier for kids, Google has launched its customised search engine called "Kiddle". It is bright, vibrant and large fonts. Kiddle comes with special features like big thumbnails, safe search, kid-oriented results and modified privacy settings.
Kiddle is written in the characteristic way of Google itself. There's a red droid alien who awaits giving answers to all kiddy queries. Google specifies that sites appearing in Kiddle search results satisfy family friendly requirements. They have taken special care to filter sites with explicit or deceptive content.
The search engine is definitely modified for younger audience. For example, if you google Amitabh Bachchan or Narendra Modi, you will be given their facebook/ twitter handles and other social links. On Kiddle you will find biography links to the persons. Also, the search results do not look cluttered, and come well-spaced with a bigger font, easier for kids to read.
Kiddle's about page explains the safe search policy, all that appears on the search handle handpicked and checked by Kiddle editors, would usually be featured in the first three results. The next rung would include safe, trusted sites that are not written specifically for kids, but have content written in a simple way, easy for kids to understand.
Also, as a pleasant surprise and welcome change Kiddle "doesn't collect any personally identifiable information, and (their) logs are deleted every 24 hours".
We tried typing something "unsuitable" for kid and guess what? We met the Kiddle's alien droids who came hob-nobbing with the message “Oops, looks like your query contained some bad words. Please try again!”