Techie Homeschool Workshop: Teaching Your Kids to Search Safely Online

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One easy way to start techin’ your homeschool is to let you kids search online. But, to us digital immigrants, that seems scary. We’ve heard enough about the horrors of the Internet that we know it’s not 100% safe.

But consider this…neither is the real world. Just like you teach your kids how to stay safe in the physical world, you need to teach them how to stay safe in the digital world.

Chances are you don’t let your kids loose in strange places, right? You keep them close until you’re comfortable with the environment. Once you feel a place is safe, you’ve set some guidelines for behaviors and your kids have demonstrated that they can make wise choices, you loosen the grip. Same goes for the Internet.

You need to proactively find trusted websites for your kids to explore unrestricted.  Then set up systems to teach your kids how to use those approved sites.

…3 Ways to Search Within Trusted Sites…

  1. Create a bookmark folder. Show your kids how to use the search function within the trusted websites.
  2. Search by a website URL, press SPACE, then add search words. Show your kids how to read the search results.
  3. Set up a search engine on any website using your omnibox.

Copy the website URL
Right-click, select “Edit search engines”
Add the website, but put “?s=%s” at the end of the url. If that doesn't work, search within the site, copy the URL and replace the search term with “%s”

This video teaches you more about each of these systems.

Download a summary of these tips, plus pointers on searching safely in typical search engines,  for future reference. 

More videos from this series…

Why You Need to Find Trusted Websites for Homeschooling

How to Find Trusted Websites

Things to Consider When Choosing Trusted Websites



Tell me, what steps have you taken to teach your kids to search safely online?


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