KidRex

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KidRex
KidRex
Type of site
Subsidiary
Available inEnglish
Websitewww.alarms.org/kidrex/
RegistrationNo
LaunchedDecember 2008
Current statusActive

KidRex.org is a child-safe search engine powered by Google Custom Search. The site utilizes Google SafeSearch and maintains its own database of inappropriate websites and keywords.[1][2] The site has a colorful hand-drawn crayon and colored marker design. Time magazine put KidRex on its list of the top 50 websites of 2013 and compared it to Google. [3]

Format[edit]

Kidrex search results are both colorful and visual, designed for desktop use. The site is not mobile friendly. A blocked search term will result in a 404 crayon-stylized error page, and will ask the user to "try again."

You can say hi to the dinosaur, and it will respond.

Social Media websites are strictly blocked by KidRex.[4]

History[edit]

KidRex.org was launched in December 2008, and was acquired by alarms.org a decade later in 2018 for an undisclosed sum of money. Alarms.org removed the ads on the bottom of the screen that same year. [5] Kidrex Pro is a premium version of the website with more features. Kidrex Pro Is currently being shut down for maintenance and re-imagined into a brand new service. [6][7]

Controversy[edit]

In 2018, doubt was cast over KidRex's "safe" claims, when a security researcher was able to use the search engine to return adult-orientated content search results.[8] KidRex has blocked LGBT words and has been criticized by the public. [9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KidRex Provides Hassle-Free Web Search Filtering for Kids". Lifehacker. 2009-02-01.
  2. ^ "Use KidRex to Protect Your Children Online". PC World. 2009-05-24.
  3. ^ Rochman, Bonnie (May 1, 2013). "50 Best Websites 2013". TIME.com. Archived from the original on May 11, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2013.
  4. ^ "KidRex and DinoSearch - Safe Search engines for kids". www.dinosearch.com. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  5. ^ "Welcome Kidrex! | National Council For Home Safety and Security". Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  6. ^ "Welcome Kidrex! | National Council For Home Safety and Security". Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  7. ^ "KidRex Pro - Web Filtering". www.alarms.org. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  8. ^ "KidRex: The "safe search engine for kids"… offering sex tips and working from home for Bitcoins". isecguy.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  9. ^ "gay - KidRex". www.alarms.org. Retrieved 2019-02-02.

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