Let the kids go to the Zoo

Lifehacker writes about a new search engine geared towards children and safe searching. It’s called Zoo.

Designed for tweens and teens (specifically, ages 8-13), the site pulls search results from the likes of Google and Wikipedia, and news from ABC, Fox, and Yahoo. Zoo.com purposely has no image-search capability, and it promises to weed out “adult” words while retaining suitable results. Says the press release:

A child using the search term “breast cancer” will get plenty of information, but the word “breast” delivers no results.

The look of the site is definitely designed for a younger user:

I tried a few searches myself. It doesn’t favor educational sites, so a search is going to be as unwieldy as any other search engine. I did try to search for something mildly inappropriate, and was given this error message:

SEARCH CANNOT BE COMPLETED

Sorry, Zoo does not provide results for this search term. Please try another search.

This might be a good search engine to bookmark for children’s computers….

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