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FASTLINK BUTTONS: Safe Searching    Search Links / Strategies     Web Tools    Web Tutorials    More Info 

    "KID-SAFE" SEARCHING BASICS:  (Find more detailed information via major search engines)

    NOTE: * Because engines in this category lose any safesearch feature when transferring to external links - some entries below are non-hyperlinked items - and are provided for supervisors to activate & preview.   Since extended previews found links to external unfiltered search engines - activated links need siteblockers to be installed to disable those sites (see tools below). Standard procedures indicate that each child should be supervised and have guardian/parent approval to access the Internet - See
    Online Safety Contracts - via PureSight.  Confirm Terms-TOS-Legal notices for each site. See How To Guide to activate links below.
    On dedicated kid's computers - here is an easy way to keep kids safe:   Via Tools-Options-Home Page:   type in the URL for The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal for Kids - Next step would be to use F-11 key for full screen to block access to search box - or see Full Screen Mode below (in Tools Section).   To complete this setup, it is important for educators to know that Yahoo® which prohibits users under 18 - is currently the default search engine in FireFox.   It can be deselected in Firefox Tools-Options-Search along with other engines which could link back to it - including Wikipedia.   Then some non-search engine (like a dictionary) could be added:   See Featured Extensions: Add-ons for Firefox.   Final note:   some items below work fine by first installing "Block site" below (and typing: *.yahoo.* plus other search engines which are unfiltered) . Using the whitelist function in "Block site" would exclude all sites except the ones you allow.

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  1. - Kidtopia - Google custom safe search engine & web directory for elementary grades
  2.   - Google Junior - safe search
  3. - Google SafeSearch - helping kids online at school or home
  4.   - KidRex® - Kid Safe Search Engine
  5.   - Ask® - Search engine (child-safety filter) - Terms: kids under 13 must be monitored
  6.   - CyberSleuth Kids Search the Internet
  7. - - kid safe search (replaces Safewave™ - not free now)
  8. - Safesurf™ - See safe-rated sites
  9. - KidSites - Hundreds of Safe Sites For Children
  10. - Wiki for Kids - The Safe Filtered Wikipedia for Kids
  11. - Awesome Library - See K-12 carefully reviewed resources
  12. - School Subjects for Kids • KidsKonnect
  13. - Fact Monster® - Online Almanac, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, and Homework Help
  14. - Ivy's Internet Search Engines for Kids
  15. - Welcome to Cyberkids!
  16. Great Websites for Kids - American Library Association
  17. Surfing the Net with Kids

    SAFE SEARCH TOOLS & ADVICE (Check sites for Mobile versions):

  18. BlockSite - For Firefox - can block related sites using wildcards (see details - whitelist option) - Free for all
  19. ProCon Latte - Free Firefox browser content filter (see manual & whitelist option) - Free for all
  20. THE Parental control for Firefox - Many useful features in free & premium versions - See details at site
  21. K9 Web Protection - Free Internet Filter and Parental Control Software - personal, non-commercial use only
  22. Web of Trust - WOT: Add-on for Firefox - free for personal, non-commercial use (replacement for MetaSurf)
  23. Olly Browser Dropped - No longer free
  24. The Web Blocker Alternatives and Similar Software -
  25. Free Internet Filtering Parental Control Software - We-Blocker Safe Families (Win XP & earlier) Download
  26. Naomi - Advanced Internet Filtering Program - Totally free via Softpedia
  27. Free Internet Filtering software - Includes password-protected ParentControlBar - By FreewareWiki
  28. - SafeSearch - Google's option to filter most of objectionable content - Read about necessity of "cookies"
  29. How to Block a Website - See various browsers
  30. Block a Website in All Web Browsers - A quick fix by wikiHow
  31. See Kid's Rules for Online Safety - SafeKids
  32. CyberAngels archived publications - See Internet safety tips in English and Spanish
  33. How to Make Firefox Always Be in a Full-Screen Mode - Courtesy of eHow
  34. Content Filters | Internet Safety Project Wiki - See glossary including whitelisting & blacklisting
  35. Configure Firefox To Only Open Whitelist Websites - Via gHacks Tech News
  36. Cyberbullying – National Crime Prevention Council - NCPC
  37. Teen Internet Safety - Via

    NOTE: * Non-hyperlinked items which are not necessarily 100% kid-safe - are provided for supervisors to activate.
    Most have age restrictions - typically 18 and some permit youngsters as young as 13 with guardian/parent approval -
    See Terms-TOS-Legal notices for each site. See
    How To Guide to activate links below:

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  1. - Advanced Safe Search for High Schoolers
  2. (Archived) - Find the best educational games, apps, and more from .edu sites
  3. - Infotopia is an academic search engine - see others at site
  4. - Dewey Browse(Archived) - K12, K-12 Reference, K-12 Education...
  5. - Start Page™ - Private Search Engine - prevents tracking - allows filtering
  6. - International Directory Of Search Engines - Search Engine Colossus
  8. - All My Faves: My Homepage! Visual Bookmarks & Web Directory for Education
  11. - SweetSearch - A Search Engine for Students
  12. - SurfWax: Practical Tools for Harnessing Today's Information
  13. - The WWW Virtual Library
  14. - Most Important Spanish Search Engines
  15. - Foreign Search Engines
  16. - Mamont's open FTP Index - find files, software, and tools around the world
  17. - Big Search Engine (UK)
  18. - Web & Search Tips & Strategies - Lifewire
  19. - Carrot2 - organizes your search results into topics
  20. - Searchalot: searching done for you
  21. - A Helpful Guide To Web Search Engines
  22. - Webmasters Search Engines
  24. - Freeality Search Engines - Access all major search engines here
  25. - 40 Advanced and Alternative Search Engines
  28. - For Research
  29. - iSEEK Education - search engine for students, teachers...
  30. - Infotrek: The Academic Search Engine for High School Students
  31. - Search Additional Multidisciplinary Web Portals
  32. - Top 20 Student Sites - Purdue University North Central
  33. - Super Sites for Students - Education Oasis
  34. -Top 100 Free Education Sites - Some useful for students - By Help Teaching
  35. - Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything - Top educational links
  36. - Academic Reference and Research Index: A scholarly search engine & web directory for college students
  37. - DirectSearch.Net: - Provides Search Listings and Information
  38. - Search-22: - Meta Search Engines
  39. - Web 2.0 Backpack - ReadWrite
  40. Computer Science Search Engine - A Guide to Web Resources - Find almost everything in academia!
  41. Scholarly Articles & Academic Research: Finding Journal Articles - WebLens
  42. Making a Website: The Step-By-Step How To Guide -
  43. Web Search Strategies for Genealogy - Two Free Genealogy Tutorials
  44. Visual Dictionary Online - by Merriam-Webster®
  45. The Visual Dictionary
  46. Productive Strategies for Internet Searches
  47. Finding Educational Resources - ERIC
  48. - Google Scholar - find scholarly articles, patents, and legal documents
  49. - Google Trends- find trends worldwide
  50. - Search Local Information for Each State via the U.S. National Map
  51. Internet for Beginners - Awesome Library
  52. Find Government Information by Topic and Agency
  53. Compare 5 Top Scholarship Search Engines
  54. The Journalist's Toolbox - Search Extensive Categories Archives
  55. Bare Bones 101 - A basic tutorial on searching the web - USC
  56. Finding Information on the Internet: Table of Contents - Also see glossary at UC Berkeley
  57. Kids Research and Education Links Database -
  58. Academic Research Guide and Link Portal


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  1. Bad Neighborhood Link Checker - that also finds unintended adult links on your website link listings
  2. - See Browser settings
  3. URL shortener – List of free URL shortener services to shorten links -
  4. LongURL - Expand Shortened URLs (Look before you leap - for safety reasons) -
  5. - To Find All The Pages Within a Site - In the Google Search box: type the word site
    then add a colon - then with no space, add the website's address - and press ENTER
  6. Firefox Browser Add-Ons - Over 5000 - allow for incredible customization and functionality
  7. Find broken links on your site with Xenu's Link Sleuth™
  8. 15 Helpful Web-Based Broken Link Checkers
  9. LinkChecker - Open Source Software
  10. Get answers to questions (natural language) - From MIT's START server
  11. - Google Translate - Enter the text, pick the language - even hear the translation spoken
  12. Down for everyone or just - You can narrow down problems with sites or your computer
  13. Designing More Usable Web Sites - From
  14. Advanced Table Commands from HTMLGoodies
  15. Java™ Links - Elliotte Rusty Harold
  16. Free Network Tools: Whois, Traceroute, Ping, NSLookup, Proxy Test and more
  17. HTML - References and Resources - Harold Goldstein
  18. 10 best free lightweight networking tools
  19. Usability 101: Introduction to Usability
  20. HTML Goodies - The Ultimate HTML Resources - making web pages
  21. Walt's Publishing on the Web Forum: Audio Guide for Web Developers - links to video guide also
  22. Dr. Dobb's - Coding tools
  23. Web Proxy Information and Resources - JustWebProxy
  24. - Internet Education Resources - Adprima
  25. Free CSE HTML Syntax Validator Lite
  26. EditPad Lite: text editor with many necessary features. Free for non-commercial use
  27. REL Link Checker Lite - FREE version of Web Link Validator
  28. Open Validator - Make sure your web is validated to Web standards - free
  29. - See why it is important
  30. - Activating that mode in your favorite browser
  31. Internet Tool Summary
  32. SimpleOCR - freeware program for Optical Character Recognition - Cyril Cambien
  33. QV, the graphic viewer/converter - for JPEG, BMP, GIF and TIFF files - Cyril Cambien
  34. WordPress - Mobile: Use smartphones with these apps to post to the free online Website Maker
  35. (beta version) - Set up icon-based links as home page - free
  36. Web Design Links - Also see free apps at
  37. Web Editing Software - Design sites without programming
  38. The Mega CSS3 Cheat Sheet Infographic - Make A Website Hub
  39. TypeIt ReadIt - Free Text-To-Speech program - play later in car, etc. - See more at
  40. Trelby - A free, multiplatform, feature-rich screenwriting program!
  41. PDFCreator - Create PDF files from any Windows program - Free software
  42. 14 Free & Open Source Alternatives For Paid Software - Courtesy of makeuseof
  43. Find open source software alternatives to well-known commercial software - Read more at Osalt .com
  44. AlternativeTo - Social Software Recommendations - Find substitutes easily
  45. The Free Software Directory - See categories which might be useful in student and professional endeavors
  46. FreewareTop Reviewed Free Software
  47. heart/diskBob Bowman's FREEWARE & OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE
    - See really outstanding selections here!
    - For home, office, and school



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  1. The Help Web - A Guide to Getting Started on the Internet
  2. Web Developer's Virtual Library: Tutorials plus - WDVL
  3. HTML Guide - by Alan Chua
  4. Gerald J. Klaas's Bookmarks: Webpage / technology tutorials / software
  5. A Guide to Cyberspace - Kevin Hughes
  6. The Java™ Tutorial
  7. HTML Tutorials and coding - Web Design Library
  8. Online Security Awareness and Protection
  9. Design Terms - John December
  10. HTML Station - Tutorial, code, and much more - John December
  11. Advanced HTML Tutorials -
  12. Free HTML tutorials - See more from
  13. HTML5 Cheat Sheet -
  14. Web Design Index - King Solutions
  15. An Advanced Tutorial for Searching the Web - by Mr. Minich
  16. Learn from DTP and HTML Tutorials - From
  17. Graphical File Formats Comparison - Wikipedia
  18. Multimedia File Formats - Rice University
  19. How Users Read on the Web - Nielsen Norman Group
  20. 180Technology Tips
  21. How to Make a Website in 2018 ~ A Complete Guide for Beginners webtools
  22. The Ultimate Guide On How To Make A Website - SMC Digital
  23. How to Start a Blog 2018 - Free Step-by-Step Guide with Video Tutorials
  24. How to start a blog in 2019
  25. VPN Beginner's Guide: What is a VPN and how does it work (Explained)
  26. How Wi-Fi Works - Via Verizon Internet
  27. How To Set Up A Home Network - The Internet Experts
  28. Parent and Teacher Guide to the Internet -
  29. The Ultimate Guide On How To Make A Website - SMC Digital
  30. After Hours Programming - Web Development Tutorials


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  1. Malware: Preventing & Reporting - OnGuard Online (.gov)
  3. Search the Internet using various engines and strategies listed in HOW-TO GUIDES

    Note to educators:   Most "kidsafe" search engines can still access other search engines which are unfiltered and that restrict users under 18 - unless they are disabled in advance - See details on Webtools Page
    logo The U.S. Government's Official (Retired) Web Portal for Kids: Many more resources for kids, teens, parents, and teachers - Courtesy of - The U.S. government's new web portal: Education Page

    ALA: Great Websites for Kids - and others

    Tech Terms Search Box

      If any link is "retired" - it may be at: Internet Archive - (Right click to copy & paste original link)
    COPPA Kid Safe Site - Click on image
    (Please click to read!)

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