What is Swiggle?
Swiggle is a search engine designed to provide a safer environment for kids taking their first steps on the road to safe online searching.
Powered by Google Custom Search, the results are filtered using Google SafeSearch and educational resources prioritised. We also filter the search terms to check that Swiggle is not being used to search for inappropriate content.
Swiggle is Designed for Kids
Having Swiggle as the default search engine in your classroom ensures that young children's search environment is safer; safer to experiment with different search strings; safer to browse image or content results.
It’s a safe sandpit to develop those skills before progressing on to more open and transparent online search engines like Google or Bing.
Developed using Google SafeSearch Technology
Swiggle uses Google SafeSearch technology to block adult content. We also further filter the results using an active list of blocked sites we have curated and manage, for content that is harmful or inappropriate for their age.
Inappropriate search terms are blocked before any searches are performed.
Swiggle has been designed to return search results are Education and UK focussed, and will only return english language results.
Browse the Internet Safely
Swiggle has been designed from the ground up with the safety of its users in mind. We have developed a number of features to reduce the exposure of users to inappropriate content and give them the tools and skills required to deal with it if they do happen to access some:
- Active blocking of inappropriate search strings
- Education focussed search results
- Google SafeSearch technology
- Active list of blocked sites
- Easy to access reporting tools
- Screen Cover tool enables kids to block content and get help
- Searching and reporting help from the SwiggleBot
Why Choose Swiggle?
Schools, teachers and parents want to have confidence that young people have a safe learning environment and they have the tools and skills required to access the wider internet safely.
There are a number of search engines geared towards this demographic, and most are driven by Google Custom Search, as Swiggle is. However, most have only done simple customisation, and are monetised through advertising.
We have developed Swiggle from the ground up with the child's safe online experience in mind, using our 20 years of expertise in safeguarding young people online. Its ad-free and free to use.
While no kids safe search engine can prevent access to everything that's inappropriate, and allow access to everything educational and beneficial, we've worked hard to balance this and provide a safe kids search engine that's free of advertising and free to use.
Install our browser extension to enable Swiggle as your default search engine on your device or in the classroom.
Latest Swiggle Articles
New Government Strategy Launched to Combat Misinformation Online
Caroline Dinenage, Minister for Digital and Culture launched a new Online Media Literacy Strategy to help combat misinformation online. The strategy has been brought forward to support teachers, carers, youth workers and librarians in their skills to help children and young people in spotting misinformation online.
15th July 2021
Swiggle Announced As BETT Award Finalist
We’re so happy to hear that our very own child-friendly search engine Swiggle has been put forward as a finalist in the prestigious BETT Awards Primary Content Category for 2021.
26th January 2021
SWGfL listed as one of the most innovative ‘Online Safety’ companies in UK
A new report has revealed that the UK is a world leader in online safety innovation. As part of this, SWGfL are proud to be listed as one the companies throughout the nation leading the way in online safety products.
27th May 2020
From Mobile to Smartphone
Find out what has changed in the last 20 years with a nostalgia trip back to when Smartphones were just Mobiles.
16th March 2020
New Swiggle protects children as they take their first Net steps
We are proud to announce the launch of our new child friendly search engine Swiggle.org.uk. We have redeveloped Swiggle to provide the best online safety and user experience for young people as they take their first steps searching the internet
14th February 2019
Help Your Students To Sharpen Up Search Techniques
Typing simply “River” into Google isn’t necessarily going to return learning resources to help you with your Geography home learning project. There are a number of ways that can help students to improve the accuracy of returns in web searches...
8th September 2015