What is Ask for Kids?
Ask for Kids makes the unique format of Ask's search feature (ask a question in natural language and search results are returned) kid-friendly. As stated on their About Us page, "Ask for kids uses natural-language technology that allows kids to ask questions, such as "Why is the sky blue?" or "What's it like to live in space?" in the same way they would ask a parent, friend or teacher." Ask for Kids is an easy introduction to search engines and how they can work to bring back results for kids.
Ask for Kids Home PageThe home page of Ask for Kids is bright and uncluttered. Kids don't have to be schooled in search algorithms to find what they're looking for here (and for that matter, neither do adults.). Fun and Gamesis probably one of the more popular options here at Ask for Kids, with checkers, chess, and tic-tac-toe. More Ask for Kids resources include are the News for Kids with news sites from around the Web, various homework helpers such as a dictionary, astronomy, and math help.
Ask for Kids Search OptionsAsk for Kids combines "human editorial judgement with filtering technology" in order to filter their search results. They do a pretty good job of catching inappropriate queries, but it's up to parents on how much freedom they feel children should have on this site, since search results are taken directly from the Net. As always, I suggest that families use my Safe Search checklist when deciding their own family Web use policies.
Why Should I or My Child Use Ask for Kids?
Ask for Kids features games, news,and a very nice "Study Tools" section that gives kids a wide variety of resources to choose from. It's a good, family friendly site. The Ask for Kids results are also almost always going to be family-friendly. So, if parents are looking for a good site to turn their kids semi-loose on the Internet with, Ask for Kids might be worth a look.