KidRex

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

KidRex.org is a visual child-safe search engine powered by Google Programmable Search Engine. The website utilizes Google SafeSearch and maintains its own database of inappropriate websites and keywords. Additionally, Social Media websites are blocked by KidRex.[1][2][3] Kidrex Pro is a premium version of the website with more features. Kidrex Pro Is currently being re-imagined into a brand new service.[4][5]

Format[edit]

The site theme is stylized with colorful hand-drawn crayon and colored marker. 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."

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

History[edit]

KidRex.org was launched in December 2008. In 2013, Time magazine put KidRex on its list of the top 50 websites of 2013 and compared it to Google.[6]

In 2018, KidRex was acquired by Alarms.org. In a blog post, Alarms.org assured users that nothing would change in the near future. They told users that "the only thing we’ve done so far is remove the annoying ads that were on the bottom of the home page". Additionally, Alarms.org stated that they "have a long list of features in mind for KidRex, including a mobile app, customized versions for your school, and more.[7]

Controversy[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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