With the proliferation of computers, cell phones, notebooks, and tablets, there’s really no way to leave your children out of the electronic age. One of the most important ways to screen what your children are doing online is to choose the right search engine. It’s easy to set a default search engine in your browser. We highly recommend Bing. Google is full of ads and one click can load your computer with malware that permanently harms your computer and tracks your children’s every move. We even found a site that had inappropriate ads for children (which you will see covered in black below). Here’s one example of why Bing is so much better than Google.
Google search “homeschool 101” produced all ads on the first three pages
When we searched “homeschool 101” on Google, here were the results from the first page, all ads and one page with ads that were highly inappropriate for children.
These were the search results on the first page of Google for “homeschool 101”. None of these were paid ads. In other words, none of these were paid advertisements on Google. These are actual search results. Google does not produce quality search results. They produce ads because those sites are running Google ads. (Check for yourself.)
Bing isn’t perfect either, but not everything is ads
Duckduckgo, they win the award for best homeschooling search engine (search “homeschool 101”)
It’s getting harder and harder to sift through the garbage on the internet to find anything of quality. Let your kids start with Duckduckgo.com and if they can’t find what they need, try Bing with safesearch. Google should be your absolute last resort.