Search folder

Safe Searching

Tips and Tricks for Safe Searching

Tip: KidzSearch has a safe search site for students. They use Google for the results and filter out inappropriate articles. Watch the video below (direct link to the video) on

Safe Searching

     Tip: This resource can be set as the home page on any browser (home or school).


1. Using KidzSearch look for a topic related to an upcoming assignment for your class. Link to the resources you find in your word processing document.

Tip:  Did you know that there are discussion forums where you can ask and have questions answered?

2. Type a question into the normal Google search box and it will often lead you to a discussion forum. Your question may have already been answered in the forum, if not, type your question in the forum.

3. Identify the question you asked and the one or two forums you were directed to. Add your question and some of the answers received in your word processing document. Was the answer helpful?

NOTE: ***It is very important to not reveal personal information online and in a forum. You should not friend, chat or give your email out. To learn more about staying safe go to Quest 2 Danger! on the site. 

               Tip: Threads are a collection of Posts. The Posts are the replies in the Threads. 


Tip: A great way to learn how to do something is to use YouTube or SchoolTube.  There seems to be a video for just about everything! What you and your students need to decipher is the accuracy of the information.

4. Go to YouTube or SchoolTube and locate a video about the topic you have been researching. How reliable is the information? Create a citation for the video and copy the link into your word processing document.


  • We know that when we use MeL that the information is accurate and reliable. 

  • With Google, and other online search engines we have to be careful as the information most likely has not been checked for accuracy by an authority on the subject.

After completing the four steps, move on to Evaluation.

Addressing the ISTE Standards For Educators

1a. Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
1c. Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.

2b. Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
2c. Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, 
evaluation, curation and adoption of 
new digital resources and tools for learning.

3b. Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
3c. Mentor students in safe, legal and ethical practices with digital tools and the protection of intellectual rights and property.


1. Generating & Testing Hypotheses;
2. Cues, Questions, Advance Organizers;
3. Homework and Practice;
4. Identify Similarities & Differences