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

    **SPOTLIGHT SPECIAL:

  • WinSCP - is an open source free SFTP client and FTP client for Windows - See More great free programs at PortableApps.com
  • Notetab™ Multi-file Editor - Free version has Mouse-Click Encoding HTML tags & browser view
  • Balabolka - Free Text-to-Speech (TTS) reader - reads any text even in browser (saves sound file)
  • Sumatra PDF Portable - PDF, Comic Book, and E-book Reader - See More great free programs at Pendriveapps.com
  • PDF Creator - Convert text files to PDF (Open Source)
  • QuotePad - hotkey popup saves screen-selected text & cites its source (also has date-stamping notepad & timer)
    *HINT: copying title (in Firefox Menu:Tools:Page Info) will capture URL (and internal bookmark)
  • Download More Free & Open Source Software below - Many better than commercial versions

    "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 Kids.gov: 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. http://www.kidtopia.info/ - Kidtopia - Google custom safe search engine & web directory for elementary grades
  2. http://www.gogooligans.com/primary.html - GoGooligans - The Best Search Engine for Primary Kids
  3. http://www.googlejunior.com   - Google Junior - safe search
  4. http://www.safesearchweb.com/google-kids.html - Google SafeSearch - helping kids online at school or home
  5. http://www.kidrex.org/   - KidRex® - Kid Safe Search Engine
  6. http://www.onekey.com/   - OneKey™ - The Kid Safe Search Engine
  7. http://www.kidclicks.org/   - Kid Clicks! - The Safe Little Kids Search Engine - using Google Safe Search
  8. http://www.ask.com/   - Ask® - Search engine (child-safety filter) - Terms: kids under 13 must be monitored
  9. http://cybersleuth-kids.com/   - CyberSleuth Kids Search the Internet
  10. http://kids.getnetwise.org/   - GetNetWise - has Internet safety tips, glossary, and more
  11. http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/ - Internet Public Library2 - for Kids
  12. http://www.dibdabdoo.com/ - Dibdabdoo.com - kid safe search (replaces Safewave™ - not free now)
  13. http://www.safesurf.com - Safesurf.com - See safe-rated sites
  14. http://www.kidsites.com/ - KidSites - Hundreds of Safe Sites For Children
  15. http://www.wikiforkids.ws/ - Wiki for Kids - The Safe Filtered Wikipedia for Kids
  16. http://www.awesomelibrary.org/ - Awesome Library - See K-12 carefully reviewed resources
  17. https://kidskonnect.com/subjects/ - School Subjects for Kids • KidsKonnect
  18. http://www.factmonster.com/ - Fact Monster - Online Almanac, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, and Homework Help
  19. http://www.ivyjoy.com/rayne/kidssearch.html - Ivy's Internet Search Engines for Kids
  20. http://www.cyberkids.com/ - Welcome to Cyberkids!
  21. Great Websites for Kids - American Library Association
  22. Surfing the Net with Kids

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

  23. BlockSite - For Firefox - can block related sites using wildcards (see details - whitelist option) - Free for all
  24. ProCon Latte - Free Firefox browser content filter (see manual & whitelist option) - Free for all
  25. THE Parental control for Firefox - Many useful features in free & premium versions - See details at site
  26. K9 Web Protection - Free Internet Filter and Parental Control Software - personal, non-commercial use only
  27. Web of Trust - WOT: Add-on for Firefox - free for personal, non-commercial use (replacement for MetaSurf)
  28. Olly - Safe iPad browser for families and Schools - Free
  29. The Web Blocker Alternatives and Similar Software - AlternativeTo.net
  30. Free Internet Filtering Parental Control Software - We-Blocker Safe Families (Win XP & earlier) Download
  31. Naomi - Advanced Internet Filtering Program - Totally free via Softpedia
  32. Free Internet Filtering software - Includes password-protected ParentControlBar - By FreewareWiki
  33. https://support.google.com/websearch/bin/answer.py?hl=en&p=adv_safesearch&answer=510 - SafeSearch - Google's option to filter most of objectionable content - Read about necessity of "cookies"
  34. How to Block a Website - See various browsers
  35. Block a Website in All Web Browsers - A quick fix by wikiHow
  36. See Kid's Rules for Online Safety - SafeKids
  37. CyberAngels - has Internet safety tips in English and Spanish
  38. How to Make Firefox Always Be in a Full-Screen Mode - Courtesy of eHow
  39. Content Filters | Internet Safety Project Wiki - See glossary including whitelisting & blacklisting
  40. Configure Firefox To Only Open Whitelist Websites - Via gHacks Tech News
  41. Social Networking Safety - NCPC
  42. Teen Internet Safety - Via usdish.com

    REGULAR SEARCH / STRATEGY LINKS:
    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. http://www.lures.info/childrens_search/gogooligans_hs.html - Advanced Safe Search for High Schoolers
  2. http://www.searchedu.com/ - SearchEdu.com - Find the best educational games, apps, and more from .edu sites
  3. http://www.infotopia.info/ - Infotopia is an academic search engine - see others at site
  4. http://www.deweybrowse.org/ - Dewey Browse - K12, K-12 Reference, K-12 Education...
  5. https://startpage.com/ - Start Page™ - Private Search Engine - prevents tracking - allows filtering
  6. http://searchenginecolossus.com/ - International Directory Of Search Engines - Search Engine Colossus
  7. http://searchenginecolossus.com/Academic.html
  8. http://edu.allmyfaves.com/ - All My Faves: My Homepage! Visual Bookmarks & Web Directory for Education
  9. http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2010/03/100-time-saving-search-engines-for-serious-scholars/
  10. http://www.teachthought.com/technology/100-search-engines-for-academic-research/
  11. http://www.sweetsearch.com/ - SweetSearch - A Search Engine for Students
  12. http://lookahead.surfwax.com/ - SurfWax: Practical Tools for Harnessing Today's Information
  13. http://vlib.org/ - The WWW Virtual Library
  14. http://www.spanishlanguage.co.uk/search.htm - Most Important Spanish Search Engines
  15. http://www.1second.com/foreignsearchengines.htm - Foreign Search Engines
  16. http://www.ftpsearchengines.com/ - FTP Search Engines - find files, software, and tools around the world
  17. http://www.search-engine-index.co.uk/ - Big Search Engine (UK)
  18. http://websearch.about.com/od/enginesanddirectories/ - Search Engine Tips and Information - About.com®
  19. http://search.carrot2.org/stable/search - Carrot2 - organizes your search results into topics
  20. http://www.searchalot.com/ - Searchalot: searching done for you
  21. http://www.monash.com/spidap.html - A Helpful Guide To Web Search Engines
  22. http://www.searchenginecolossus.com/Webmaster.html - Webmasters Search Engines
  23. http://searchenginewatch.com/sew/news/2066974/metacrawlers-metasearch-engines
  24. http://www.freeality.com/ - Freeality Search Engines - Access all major search engines here
  25. http://deeperweb.com/ - DeeperWeb Search - The Essential Search Engine
  26. https://blog.kissmetrics.com/alternative-search-engines/ - 40 Advanced and Alternative Search Engines
  27. http://readwrite.com/2007/01/28/top_100_alternative_search_engines
  28. http://www.technoskillonline.com/2010/11/20-instant-search-engines-for-popular-websites-in-one-place/
  29. http://www.maketecheasier.com/great-alternatives-search-engines-that-are-unknown-to-many/
  30. http://www.rasmussen.edu/student-life/blogs/college-life/15-educational-search-engines/ - For Research
  31. http://education.iseek.com/iseek/home.page - iSEEK Education - search engine for students, teachers...
  32. http://www.infotrek.info/ - Infotrek: The Academic Search Engine for High School Students
  33. http://www.academicindex.net/ - AcademicIndex.net: Search Additional Multidisciplinary Web Portals
  34. http://faculty.pnc.edu/dpratt/top20/student/ - Top 20 Student Sites - Purdue University North Central
  35. http://www.educationoasis.com/resources/student_sites.htm - Super Sites for Students - Education Oasis
  36. http://www.helpteaching.com/blog/top-100-free-education-sites.html -Top 100 Free Education Sites - Some useful for students - By Help Teaching
  37. http://www.schrockguide.net/ - Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything - Top educational links
  38. www.academicindex.net - Academic Reference and Research Index: A scholarly search engine & web directory for college students
  39. http://directsearch.net/ - DirectSearch.Net: - Provides Search Listings and Information
  40. http://www.search-22.com/meta_search_engines.php - Search-22: - Meta Search Engines
  41. http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/web_20_backpack_web_apps_for_students.php - Web 2.0 Backpack - ReadWrite
  42. Computer Science Search Engine - A Guide to Web Resources - Find almost everything in academia!
  43. Scholarly Articles & Academic Research: Finding Journal Articles - WebLens
  44. Learn The Net™ - In English and other major languages
  45. Web Search Strategies for Genealogy - Two Free Genealogy Tutorials
  46. Visual Dictionary Online - by Merriam-Webster®
  47. The Visual Dictionary
  48. Productive Strategies for Internet Searches
  49. Finding Educational Resources - ERIC
  50. http://scholar.google.com/schhp?hl=en - Google Scholar - find scholarly articles, patents, and legal documents
  51. http://www.google.com/trends/ - Google Trends- find trends worldwide
  52. USA.com - Search Local Information for Each State via the U.S. National Map
  53. Internet for Beginners - See more outstanding tips from About.com®
  54. Find Government Information by Topic and Agency
  55. Compare 5 Top Scholarship Search Engines
  56. The Journalist's Toolbox - Search Extensive Categories Archives
  57. Bare Bones 101 - A basic tutorial on searching the web - USC
  58. Finding Information on the Internet: Table of Contents - Also see glossary at UC Berkeley

    WEB TOOLS:

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  1. Bad Neighborhood Link Checker - that also finds unintended adult links on your website link listings
  2. http://maketecheasier.com/check-if-a-website-is-safe-for-browsing/2012/09/13 - See Browser settings
  3. URL shortener – List of free URL shortener services to shorten links - BLOGTIMENOW.com
  4. LongURL -Expand Shortened URLs (Look before you leap - for safety reasons) - BLOGTIMENOW.com
  5. http://www.google.com/ - 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. http://translate.google.com/?hl=en - Google Translate - Enter the text, pick the language - even hear the translation spoken
  12. Down for everyone or just me.com - You can narrow down problems with sites or your computer
  13. Designing More Usable Web Sites - From trace.wisc.edu
  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. Graphics Software for PC and Windows - Some are free - About.com®
  24. http://www.adprima.com/resources.htm - 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. http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/5_ways_to_keep_your_google_browsing_private.php - See why it is important
  30. http://browsers.about.com/od/faq/tp/Private-Browsing.htm - 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. only2clicks.com (beta version) - Set up icon-based links as home page - free
  36. SEE MORE TOOLS - in ONLINE SECTION and RELATED FREE SOFTWARE - in FREEWARE SECTION

    WEB TUTORIALS:

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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 - Websitesetup.org
  12. Free HTML tutorials - See more from Examware.com
  13. HTML5 Cheat Sheet - OnBlastBlog.com
  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 www.dtp-aus.com
  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. MORE TUTORIALS - SEE ONLINE TUTORIALS SECTION
  22. Web Design Links - Also see free apps at SmashingApps.com
  23. Web Editing Software - Design sites without programming
  24. The Mega CSS3 Cheat Sheet Infographic - Make A Website Hub
  25. TypeIt ReadIt - Free Text-To-Speech program - play later in car, etc. - See more at SchoolFreeware.com
  26. Trelby - A free, multiplatform, feature-rich screenwriting program!
  27. PDFCreator - Create PDF files from any Windows program - Free software
  28. 14 Free & Open Source Alternatives For Paid Software - Courtesy of makeuseof
  29. Find open source software alternatives to well-known commercial software - Read more at Osalt .com
  30. AlternativeTo - Social Software Recommendations - Find substitutes easily
  31. The Free Software Directory - See categories which might be useful in student and professional endeavors
  32. FreewareTop Reviewed Free Software
  33. heart/diskBob Bowman's FREEWARE & OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE
    - See really outstanding selections here!
    - For home, office, and school

    WHERE TO FIND MORE INFORMATION:

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  1. Malware: Preventing & Reporting - OnGuard Online (.gov)
  2. See INDEX for REFERENCES, SECURITY under TECH ISSUES, etc.
  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 Click here to Search Kids.gov - For kids, teens, parents, and teachers


    ALA: Great Websites for Kids - and others

    Tech Terms Search Box


    SEARCH THE WAYBACK MACHINE - at Internet Archives
    Funbrain.com
    COPPA Kid Safe Site - Click on image
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