Everyone makes New Year's resolutions (yep, I've heard the one about 1920 x 1080p). This one should bring peace of mind to WC'ers with children aged 6–12.
Bringing this to you makes me feel better about being a grandparent, and yes...talk to your children about it for your grandchildren. You might be accused of being a “helicopter grandparent”, but don't forget, helicopters are for rescue, too.
Ask Kids is a search engine designed exclusively for young people ages 6 to 12. It's a free, safe, fun way for kids and their parents to quickly and easily research school topics like science, math, geography, language arts, and history in a search environment that's safer and more age-appropriate than traditional, adult search engines.
Studies prove that visual learning improves children's comprehension, retention, critical thinking, and organization. Additionally, children are better at "mousing" than typing. Ask Kids was built with this in mind, and organizes search results in a graphically vivid three-panel display that includes SmartAnswers and related images, current events and encyclopedia results.
Each web site in the Ask Kids core search index was selected by the Ask.com editorial team as child-appropriate or as a relevant and practical site for reference and learning. Ask's proprietary search algorithm then identified communities and collections of web sites linked to the core list, and filtered those to remove adult content.
If your child has a computer, why not make “Ask Kids” it's home page? It's a great way to “suggest” that he or she should be doing home work.
The Ask Kids homepage is interactive to inspire artistic expression and fun with the tools in the “Draw It!” Pen Box, including a pen, pencil, highlighter and virtual stickers.
As always folks, I ask for your suggestions and opinions. Please keep me updated about what you see around the web. It's too big a place for me to skim all on my own.