content filtering

  • Instagram announced today the launch of a new service called Instagram TV. This comes on the heels of another big announcement that they reached 1 Billion users! At the time of writing this, Instagram is said to be the most popularly used social media app in Trinidad and Tobago. With the intriduction of IGTV one can only think that Instagram will increase their stronghold as the social media platform to contend with both locally and globally.

    IGTV will give YouTube a run for it's money as the app will allow 

    • Long-Form video uploads (up to 1hr)
    • Vertical Videos 
    • Follow, For You, Popular and other custome filters

    Both of these can make the appeal greater than posting a video on YouTube altough only time can really tell. IGTV also boasts of their channels concept where you the creator will have your own IGTV Channel.

     You can read more about IGTV from their press release site here. IGTV will become available on iOS and Android app stores in the upcoming weeks. 

    CyberSafeTT would be interested in finding out about content filtering and seeing what IGTV has to offer with providing age appropriate content and being able to report inappropriate content.  Look out for a review once the app becomes available for download. 

  • Just Kiddle it?

    That's probably a phrase we'll be hearing soon as kids become familiar with a new kid friendly visual search engine, Kiddle, powered by none other than Google!

    Kiddle.co has a similar look to Google.com but with a cool, outer spaced theme using a Robot as the mascot. Kiddle is heavily monitored and the results are either handpicked and checked by Google's search engine editors or are filtered by Google's Safe Search.

    Results are returned in a specific order as outlined by Kiddle and are as follows:

    Results 1 - 3

    These are safe sites and pages written specifically for kids. Handpicked and checked by Kiddle editors.

    Results 4 - 7

    These are safe, trusted sites that are not written specifically for kids, but have content written in a simple way, easy for kids to understand. Handpicked and checked by Kiddle editors.

    Results 8 and onwards

    These are safe, famous sites that are written for adults, providing expert content, but are harder for kids to understand. Filtered by Google safe search.


     

    So we did some searching of our own to see how Kiddle.co works.

    If you wanted to search for Windmills on Kiddle.co here is what it would look like:

     

    The results were filtered and geared towards kids. It definitely makes it easier, both for kids and parents to do research for projects and homework. We haven't had enough time to review the type of Google Ads shown on Kiddle.co but they too are probably heavily monitored by Google.

    We also tested out the Web and associated Image search from Kiddle.co using 'Trinidad and Tobago' as our search terms. Below are the results:

    Kiddle.co Web search for Trinidad and Tobago Kiddle.co Image search for Trinidad and Tobago

    Once again, the search results were very helpful and informative. The image search was different than a regular Google Image search for Trinidad and Tobago.

    Kiddle's Video search also takes on the kid friendly approach. This was most notable when searching for 'Taylor Swift' using the Kiddle.co Video Search

    Instead of the default music videos being shown, Kiddle.co Video Search for Taylor Swift, did display some educational videos as the first set of results but did show some of Taylor Swifts music videos hosted on www.schooltube.com  

    Next we decided to put one of the most common search terms on the Internet to the Kiddle.co test and decided to Kiddle Kim Kardashian :

    The results here were definitely filtered. The images that were shown were kid friendly and the articles were not sourced from the main stream entertainment sites. 

    Lastly, we decided to put the Content Filtering to the ultimate test and entered the search terms 'porn' and 'nude photos'. 

    Both results were met with a message 'Oops, looks like your query contained some bad words. Please try again!

    In conclusion, Kiddle.co meets the approval of CyberSafeTT.com.

    We would recommend that parents set Kiddle.co as the default search engine on all devices that kids use. You can find out more about Kiddle.co right on their website. 

    You can also help to improve the browsing experience of Kiddle.co by

    1. Suggesting sites that should be blocked by accessing their Site Blocking Request Page
    2. Adding keywords that should be blocked by accessing their Keyword Blocking Request Page

     

    Happy Kiddling!