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Kiddle the Kids Search Engine Powered by Google

As a recent parent myself, I’m intrigued by the idea of a search engine that will restrict adult content from my child

It’s a brave new world out there, and kid’s innocent eyes these days get exposed to more debauchery than my Great Grandfather had seen in a lifetime.

I am resigned to the fact that I’m not going to be able to stop it. As soon as my boy makes friends at school with someone outside of our family circle, I will consider him exposed. That is at least from where he will learn the search terms to type in.

Though I cannot fully shield his eyes and mind from the more distasteful parts of the world and the internet, that does not mean I will allow unrestricted access to all content starting from day one.

Here’s where Kiddle comes in.

Powered by Google safe search as well as manual editors, Kiddle will allow my child to search the internet to his heart’s content, without running into images of human and animal anatomy that I would rather he not see in a particular context so early in his young life.

Tech Times tells us that there is quite intensive human intervention in the search results. The top three results for any search term will always be hand picked by editors. These will be sites actually created for children and deemed safe by the editors.

The rest of the results will be normal Google results that have passed through the safe search filter.

If/when the kids do type a naughty word in to Kiddle, they see something like this:

The rather upset looking robot tells them to try again.

Kiddle’s database of “bad words” is extensive and contains words you and I didn’t even know exist. So all bases are covered there.

Another filtering ability of Kiddle means that if a child runs a search on their favorite pop star, they will not see news and images of their latest drug fueled and scandalous orgy. They will only see the child friendly version of said pop star.

As I said, you will not stop your child from ever seeing unsavory or explicit content. They will hide round the garages with Timmy’s rooted smartphone, they will sneak onto a parent’s unlocked laptop late at night during a sleepover, they will hack the school firewall, or the one you put on place.

You can only try to do your best.

A Brief History of Google

Two PhD students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin started a search engine named BackRub in 1996

Fortunately in 1997, they changed the name to Google! and moved their operation into a garage.

A rather decent chap named Milton Sirotta devised the name Google by altering the word “googol”, which is a mathematical term for the number one followed by 100 zeros.

Google has not yet reached this number by any metric, even if you count the total number of bits processed by their servers since day one. Or the total number of atoms that make up the entirety of Google, or the planet Earth.

But what is clear is, they are having a mighty good whack at somehow getting close to that number, even if you count the number of electrons used to power the entire entity that is Google for 1000 years, you still don’t come close to a googol.

Here is the current warm and safe Google front page at the time I am writing this article

Pretty slick eh?

Clean, uncluttered, easy on the eye. Bear in mind though, we have almost 20 years of familiarization with this brand. If you were seeing this for the first time, you would have no clue what it’s all about.

Google became a registered domain on the 15th of September, 1997. The initial idea was that it was just a searchable database that would return information from said database, triggered by queries.

Here’s how the front page looked back then:

Google began as a research project by two Ph.D. students at Stanford University, but it didn't become a registered domain until September 15, 1997. The goal of the website was to provide users with a database of information that could be easily tracked down based on queried searches. The name Google was taken from the mathematical term "googol."

Not too shabby, actually, even for the ’90s.

Nowadays, almost everyone is at least a ninth dan in Google-fu, but earlier on, instructions on how-to-use were necessary:

Other features then were Google Friends, a newsletter service that updated users on new searchable areas (now we just assume that we can search for absolutely anything) and Google Stickers, which you could embed in your own website and save the searches you made there. Very different form how we use Google today.

Google has come a long way, and can still go further. Here’s a list on Wikipedia of all the products and services available today on Google.

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