Kid-safe search at Zoo.com

Zoo.com hopes to make Internet searching — now an integral part of homework research — safer for kids by filtering out as much of the sexually-explicit content as possible. It’s not perfect (when I searched for “elephant,” result #9 was a Fark listing describing a woman who killed her husband by beating him with an elephant statue, along with a reference to an “ugly-ass baby Asian elephant born at English zoo.”) but it’s a start. [Via Searchblog]

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Comments

  1. says

    Um yeah. Is this the beta?

    Search for sadomasochism and it returns results like ” Consensual Sadomasochism : How to Talk About It and How to Do It Safely”.

    Kid-safe indeed.

  2. Parent Hacks Editor says

    To be fair, there’s a fine line between “safe” and “censored.” I’m glad someone’s tackling this issue, even if they do it imperfectly.