@Julie, Something is up with Safari. I have noticed a lot of problems on my iPad as well. I didn’t exactly have the same issue as yours but mine kept crashing after the upgrade. It would just crash out of the blue for no reason at all. Here is what I tried:
a) Clear History and Website Data in Safari Settings PLUS Reset Network Settings on the ipad– This worked for me for a few days till the problems started to happen again.
b) Turn off preload top hit to OFF in Safari setting — this didn’t do much but it is advisable for slow browser issues
c) Although it is a hassle, but what eventually stopped the Safari problems is a complete Reset and full restore to factory settings via iTunes. If you are looking for alternative browsers, give “Dolphin” or “Puffin Pro” a chance.