Tips for Effective Online Searches
Choose your search terms carefully. The most
precise words will yield the best results.
Adding more words can narrow a search. As
you get farther into your research, you may want to narrow your
results. There's a big difference between "Apple" and "Red
Delicious Apples History United States."
Use synonyms! If kids can't find what
they're looking for, have them try keywords that mean the same
thing or are related.
Point out sponsored links. They often appear
at the top of a search result list to encourage users to click
on them first, and they're usually labeled as sponsored.
Remember that sponsored equals advertising.
Be aware of your browser's safe-search settings.
Typing even innocent keywords into a search engine may yield
search results you don't want your younger kids to see.
If you decide to turn off your safe-search settings in order
to give your child more searching flexibility, you may want to
keep an eye on them during their research process.
Great Google Searching Shortcuts
Use quotation marks. Using quotes around a
set of words will direct Google to search for those exact words,
in that exact order. Great for searching song lyrics!
Write "site." Typing site: (with the colon)
after your keyword and before a URL will tell Google to search
within a specific website. For example, "movie reviews
site:commonsensemedia.org" will give you search results only
within Common Sense Media's website.
Add a minus sign. Adding a minus sign
immediately before any word (no space in between!) indicates
that you don't want those words to appear in your search
results. For example, "Saturn -cars" will give you information
about the planet, not the automobile.