Top 20 Safe Search Engines

Safe search engines for K12 students

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As many educators, students and their families are teaching and learning remotely, knowing where to turn for safe online research is essential. Here, in alphabetical order, are some safe search engines to start with.

Top 20 Safe Search Engines

Choosito – A National Science Foundation-funded search engine and digital library for students.

Classhook – Find educational videos from TV shows and movies that can be used for lessons on a wide range of topics.

Cybersleuth Kids – Great for finding student-friendly games, activities and clip art related to reading, math and more.

DinoSearch – A kid-friendly search engine that employs three filters to block inappropriate search results.

DOGOnews – Relying on a curated and COPPA-compliant database, DOGOnews offers reading material and assignments for grades K-8 that can then be integrated into Google Classroom, in addition to assessment and language/speech tools.

Famhoo – A family-friendly search engine that filters all content.

Google (safe search) – Google offers a safe search setting that can be set as the default for Firefox browsers.

The History Engine – A collection of thousands of historical “episodes” researched, written, and published by college students, who learn history in the process through doing the work of a historian.

Kiddle – A visual search engine specifically designed for kids.

Kidtopia – A COPPA/CIPA compliant search engine for students designed by school librarians.

Kid Rex – Designed around Google’s safe search with fun graphics, Kid Rex emphasizes kid-related web pages.

Lesson Planet – Ideal for teachers and parents searching for lessons and other education resources that can be shared with students.

Lumos Edsearch – Provides filtered educational resources, videos, apps, and more that have been vetted by teachers.

Nettrekker – A paid site for searching the web designed for both students and teachers.

Photos for Class – Creative Common-licensed images for the classroom that are cited appropriately.

Refseek – An academic search engine that indexes through five billions documents, including journals, encyclopedias, websites, and books.

Springo Kids – A fun visual search engine for kids in which results are divided into for over and under 8 years old, and are given in thumbnails.

Sweet Search – A group of more than 50 education experts (including librarians, researchers and teachers) evaluate content for this search engine.

Symbolab – A scientific search engine geared toward providing solutions for math and science problems.

Top Marks – Developed in the UK by teachers who have vetted all the content and results on this site, which cover a wide range of subjects.

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David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment. For more information about his work, contact him at and read his blog at

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