KidsClick! Search Engine For Kids
Backed by librarians, KidsClick lists about 5,000 web sites in various categories.
KidsClick! was created by a group of librarians at the Ramapo Catskill Library System, as a logical step in addressing concerns about the role of public libraries in guiding their young users to valuable and age appropriate web sites.
RCLS's first effort to address this need was to compile a single page of search input boxes from the handful of existing databases of selected or screened sites. This page has undergone several revisions, and is still being maintained at http://www.rcls.org/ksearch.htm
In the Summer of 1997, RCLS wrote an Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant application that proposed the idea of creating a search engine/web guide for children. We were dissatisfied with the quality, scope, functionality, size, and attention to maintenance of the handful of existing databases.
The search engine that KidsClick! employs is SWISH-E. Roy Tennant at the Berkeley Digital Library SunSite assisted us with the database maintenance routines. Zelacom provided graphic design elements to make the KidsClick! site an engaging and attractive interface.
Please note that KidsClick! is not an Internet filter. It does not prevent client web browsers from being used to surf any URL address that the user inputs. It is intended to guide users to good sites; not block them from 'bad' sites. However, it could be used in conjunction with a filter product where law allows filters to be used.
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