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Chapter 24. KID-SAFE SEARCHING > Kid-Safe Subject Indexes: A Better Way to Go

Kid-Safe Subject Indexes: A Better Way to Go

While there are ways that you can do kid-safer searching on full-text search engines, I recommend that you use kid-safe searchable subject indexes and subject guides—those that have been established by humans and that have pages added to them by humans. Though these kinds of sites aren't foolproof either (an expiring domain might be bought by an adult-oriented site, a page might get hijacked, etc.), they tend to be much-reviewed and a pretty safe place for kids to go. My personal favorite is Yahooligans.

Yahooligans—http://www.yahooligans.com

Yahooligans, as you might imagine, is a Yahoo Web site. It isn't as far-reaching as Yahoo, but it offers sites, games, news, and an “Ask Earl” section to which kids can submit questions. There's also a parent's guide and a teacher's guide for making the most of Yahooligans and avoiding kid-unsafe information


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