The following children’s search engines and portals are briefly introduced in this article:
Two favourites are selected from these, which seem to be particularly suitable for taking their first steps on the Internet with primary school pupils.
Nowadays, working with the computer is indispensable and the use of the Internet as a source of information is an important medium to keep up to date. It is therefore of particular relevance to start promoting the new medium “Internet” at an early age. Unfortunately, in the World Wide Web, as in real life, one does not only encounter good things. Links can easily hide dangers for children, be it sexual, pornographic or violence glorifying, from which they need protection. The development of children’s websites, which include search engines specially developed for children, is an attempt to ensure this protection. They have a similar structure to the adult search engine “Google”, but are only intended to store and call up certain pages that are safe for children and of educational value. In the following report, various children’s sites with search functions are presented and evaluated with regard to their security of the search terms, their commercial orientation as well as their offer and their visual design.