Children and the Web - Question and Survey

1 Jul 2008 - 12:23pm
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Kai En Ong
2008

Cindy,

I've some experience working with a sub-set of this age group for
online for what might have become something similar to your project.
Feel free to get in touch off list, if that's not too spooky.

Best, Kai

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16 Jul 2008 - 6:45am
Anonymous

Thanks to everyone who responded to this post. :) This message ended up in
my archive folder and so I didn't see many of the responses until now.
(Dort!)

Some of you I'll be contacting individually.

Cheers,
Cindy

On Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 1:23 PM, Kai En Ong <kai.en.ong at gmail.com> wrote:

> Cindy,
>
> I've some experience working with a sub-set of this age group for
> online for what might have become something similar to your project.
> Feel free to get in touch off list, if that's not too spooky.
>
> Best, Kai
>
>
> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
> Posted from the new ixda.org
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>
>
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16 Jul 2008 - 8:11am
Dave Malouf
2005

Cindy, there is an annual conference on Interaction Design for
Children. I don't have the reference handy at the moment, but maybe
they publish the talks or you can use that as a starting
bibliogrphy/biography list from which to jump off to do further
research.

Further, you might want to talk to the game design industry and early
childhood education community as while this is "interaction design"
in the larger context, it is usually almost always practiced by
either of those communities.

The work of LeapFrog is probably the best to explore. For your work
you might also want to include Baby Einstein but there have been
"issues" with them in the last year or 2.

-- dave

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16 Jul 2008 - 9:07am
mtumi
2004

I think it's run by Allison Druin and is at the University of Maryland.

I also know someone who has worked on a big sesame street project -
panwapa. if you're interested drop me a line and i can see if she
would be willing to talk about her experience.

HTH

Michael

On Jul 16, 2008, at 6:11 AM, dave malouf wrote:

> Cindy, there is an annual conference on Interaction Design for
> Children. I don't have the reference handy at the moment, but maybe
> they publish the talks or you can use that as a starting
> bibliogrphy/biography list from which to jump off to do further
> research.
>
> Further, you might want to talk to the game design industry and early
> childhood education community as while this is "interaction design"
> in the larger context, it is usually almost always practiced by
> either of those communities.
>
> The work of LeapFrog is probably the best to explore. For your work
> you might also want to include Baby Einstein but there have been
> "issues" with them in the last year or 2.
>
> -- dave
>
>
> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
> Posted from the new ixda.org
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>
>
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16 Jul 2008 - 10:39am
mcaskey
2008

IMO, the folks designing for starfall.com and pbskids.com are just about
nailing it, when it comes to designing for the little ones.

My opinion is backed up by my 3 year old son. He enjoys interacting with
both sites and is learning lots of new things, just by playing with them.

Learn and play go hand in hand, especially with kids. Of course, the
physical interface is limited to screen, keyboard and mouse... I wonder if
there might be something a bit MORE physical that could be used (thinking
of the new leapfrog toys that get kids moving more... wii... iphone 3g),
but shying away because of hardware distribution concerns...

That's the beauty of using websites as the medium... hardware is hardly a
concern anymore... everyone knows how to use a mouse and a keyboard and
lots of people have them. :)

I'll be interested in following your project!

Mike C.

On Wed, 16 Jul 2008 10:07:56 -0400, Michael Tuminello <mt at motiontek.com>
wrote:
> I think it's run by Allison Druin and is at the University of Maryland.
>
> I also know someone who has worked on a big sesame street project -
> panwapa. if you're interested drop me a line and i can see if she
> would be willing to talk about her experience.
>
> HTH
>
> Michael
>
>
> On Jul 16, 2008, at 6:11 AM, dave malouf wrote:
>
>> Cindy, there is an annual conference on Interaction Design for
>> Children. I don't have the reference handy at the moment, but maybe
>> they publish the talks or you can use that as a starting
>> bibliogrphy/biography list from which to jump off to do further
>> research.
>>
>> Further, you might want to talk to the game design industry and early
>> childhood education community as while this is "interaction design"
>> in the larger context, it is usually almost always practiced by
>> either of those communities.
>>
>> The work of LeapFrog is probably the best to explore. For your work
>> you might also want to include Baby Einstein but there have been
>> "issues" with them in the last year or 2.
>>
>> -- dave
>>
>>
>> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
>> Posted from the new ixda.org
>> http://www.ixda.org/discuss?post=30886
>>
>>
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16 Jul 2008 - 12:12pm
Anonymous

Thanks, Dave. Great tips! We hadn't thought of talking to anyone in the
game design industry. Great idea (and extremely relevant, yes). We have
been looking at certain toys for interaction ideas, but clearly forgot about
the people that design them. :)

I did a search for the conference and it's called "Interaction Design &
Children" (IDC) for anyone who might be interested. Unfortunately, the most
recent conference occurred on June 11 (and at my old university!). :(
Thanks, though, for point us to it.

Heading out to check out Leapfrog...

Cheers,
Cindy

On Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 9:11 AM, dave malouf <dave.ixd at gmail.com> wrote:

> Cindy, there is an annual conference on Interaction Design for
> Children. I don't have the reference handy at the moment, but maybe
> they publish the talks or you can use that as a starting
> bibliogrphy/biography list from which to jump off to do further
> research.
>
> Further, you might want to talk to the game design industry and early
> childhood education community as while this is "interaction design"
> in the larger context, it is usually almost always practiced by
> either of those communities.
>
> The work of LeapFrog is probably the best to explore. For your work
> you might also want to include Baby Einstein but there have been
> "issues" with them in the last year or 2.
>
> -- dave
>
>
> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
> Posted from the new ixda.org
> http://www.ixda.org/discuss?post=30886
>
>
> ________________________________________________________________
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17 Jul 2008 - 7:48am
Marilyn Matty
2008

Scholastic offers some very helpful resources for teachers and parents on
their US and UK sites. Though they don't directly discuss usability, IA,
etc. issues, there's a wealth of ideas about getting and keeping kids
interested:

http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/home.jsp

http://www.scholastic.co.uk/educ-pub

The Exploratorium museum in San Francisco is another source of ideas:

http://www.exploratorium.edu/educate/index.html

The Discovery Channel, National Geographic and Nickelodeon also offer
resources for teachers:

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/]

http://www.nickjr.com/teachers/index.jhtml?_template=teachers

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/education/

HTH,

Marilyn

On Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 10:59 AM, Cindy Chastain <chastaincm at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hello All,
>
> First, apologies for the cross post on this and the IAI list. I'm hoping to
> reach as many people as possible with a survey about Children and the Web.
>
> Here's the story:
>
> I'm currently working on a project for a new children's website for the
> BBC.
> The site, focused on children between the ages of two and six, will also be
> released, over time, in about ten different countries. The territory is
> pretty exciting as it comes with all kinds of questions, issues and
> problems
> to solve, including: how to get the mind of a four year-old inside one's
> design head (something we should be doing anyway, perhaps). There's so
> much to mine regarding interactions, mental models, etc. (And It's doubly
> exciting when you're the mother of a 3 1/2 year old.)
>
> In any case, my initial troll of the web revealed a surprising dearth of
> writing in this territory. There are a number of really interesting, even
> well-designed sites out there, but, apart from the excellent academic
> writing about Children and the Design of New Technology by Allison Druin
> and
> a recently published ethnographic study by Consumer Reports WebWatch, I
> have
> yet to find some practical writing about the design process as it relates
> to
> children, especially in this age range.
>
> (Oh...there' a NN/g report on Usability Guidelines for Children and the
> Web,
> but that seems to date back to 2002.)
>
> So, what's the main point of this post? Actually, there are two:
>
> *One:* If you've come across anything about this subject for this age
> group
> that seems worth reading (or anyone with some experience worth talking to),
> I'd be incredibly happy to know about it.
> *Two*: If you're someone with a child between the ages of two and six,
> could
> I ask to you participate in an online survey about Children and the Web?
>
> At the end of all this, perhaps our research for the BBC project might
> somehow contribute to the community's collective knowledge in this area.
> At
> least that's what I'm hoping. So your participation would be most valuable.
> :)
>
> And if you do have time to respond to the survey, I'd be happy to send you
> a
> report of the results. The best part is that you'll get to spend 15
> minutes
> or so thinking about your kid. And, from a parent's perspective, it will
> get you thinking about stuff you're probably too busy to think about, but
> probably should be thinking about.
>
> That said, thanks for any information/leads/insight you may have. And
> thanks to all the parents who have the time to respond this this survey:
>
> http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=9D3fR_2f9tNnzPFNNp3b1WPQ_3d_3d
>
>
> Cheers,
>
>
> Cindy Chastain
> User Experience Director
> Interactive Partners, NY
>
> 917-848-7995
>
> --
> Cindy Chastain
> 917-848-7995
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
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22 Jul 2008 - 2:52pm
Alexander Baxevanis
2007

Hi Cindy,

there's an good study posted online recently, it's titled "How
Children Interact With Online Environment" and includes some
enlightening videos of children trying to do things online.

http://www.consumerwebwatch.org/dynamic/families-reports-kidsonline.cfm

Cheers,
Alex

On Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 3:59 PM, Cindy Chastain <chastaincm at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello All,
>
> First, apologies for the cross post on this and the IAI list. I'm hoping to
> reach as many people as possible with a survey about Children and the Web.
>
> Here's the story:
>
> I'm currently working on a project for a new children's website for the BBC.
> The site, focused on children between the ages of two and six, will also be
> released, over time, in about ten different countries. The territory is
> pretty exciting as it comes with all kinds of questions, issues and problems
> to solve, including: how to get the mind of a four year-old inside one's
> design head (something we should be doing anyway, perhaps). There's so
> much to mine regarding interactions, mental models, etc. (And It's doubly
> exciting when you're the mother of a 3 1/2 year old.)
>
> In any case, my initial troll of the web revealed a surprising dearth of
> writing in this territory. There are a number of really interesting, even
> well-designed sites out there, but, apart from the excellent academic
> writing about Children and the Design of New Technology by Allison Druin and
> a recently published ethnographic study by Consumer Reports WebWatch, I have
> yet to find some practical writing about the design process as it relates to
> children, especially in this age range.
>
> (Oh...there' a NN/g report on Usability Guidelines for Children and the Web,
> but that seems to date back to 2002.)
>
> So, what's the main point of this post? Actually, there are two:
>
> *One:* If you've come across anything about this subject for this age group
> that seems worth reading (or anyone with some experience worth talking to),
> I'd be incredibly happy to know about it.
> *Two*: If you're someone with a child between the ages of two and six, could
> I ask to you participate in an online survey about Children and the Web?
>
> At the end of all this, perhaps our research for the BBC project might
> somehow contribute to the community's collective knowledge in this area. At
> least that's what I'm hoping. So your participation would be most valuable.
> :)
>
> And if you do have time to respond to the survey, I'd be happy to send you a
> report of the results. The best part is that you'll get to spend 15 minutes
> or so thinking about your kid. And, from a parent's perspective, it will
> get you thinking about stuff you're probably too busy to think about, but
> probably should be thinking about.
>
> That said, thanks for any information/leads/insight you may have. And
> thanks to all the parents who have the time to respond this this survey:
>
> http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=9D3fR_2f9tNnzPFNNp3b1WPQ_3d_3d
>
>
> Cheers,
>
>
> Cindy Chastain
> User Experience Director
> Interactive Partners, NY
>
> 917-848-7995
>
> --
> Cindy Chastain
> 917-848-7995
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
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>

22 Jul 2008 - 4:37pm
Angel Marquez
2008

http://www.clubpenguin.com/

On Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 12:52 PM, Alexander Baxevanis <
alex.baxevanis at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Cindy,
>
> there's an good study posted online recently, it's titled "How
> Children Interact With Online Environment" and includes some
> enlightening videos of children trying to do things online.
>
> http://www.consumerwebwatch.org/dynamic/families-reports-kidsonline.cfm
>
> Cheers,
> Alex
>
> On Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 3:59 PM, Cindy Chastain <chastaincm at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Hello All,
> >
> > First, apologies for the cross post on this and the IAI list. I'm hoping
> to
> > reach as many people as possible with a survey about Children and the
> Web.
> >
> > Here's the story:
> >
> > I'm currently working on a project for a new children's website for the
> BBC.
> > The site, focused on children between the ages of two and six, will also
> be
> > released, over time, in about ten different countries. The territory is
> > pretty exciting as it comes with all kinds of questions, issues and
> problems
> > to solve, including: how to get the mind of a four year-old inside one's
> > design head (something we should be doing anyway, perhaps). There's so
> > much to mine regarding interactions, mental models, etc. (And It's doubly
> > exciting when you're the mother of a 3 1/2 year old.)
> >
> > In any case, my initial troll of the web revealed a surprising dearth of
> > writing in this territory. There are a number of really interesting,
> even
> > well-designed sites out there, but, apart from the excellent academic
> > writing about Children and the Design of New Technology by Allison Druin
> and
> > a recently published ethnographic study by Consumer Reports WebWatch, I
> have
> > yet to find some practical writing about the design process as it relates
> to
> > children, especially in this age range.
> >
> > (Oh...there' a NN/g report on Usability Guidelines for Children and the
> Web,
> > but that seems to date back to 2002.)
> >
> > So, what's the main point of this post? Actually, there are two:
> >
> > *One:* If you've come across anything about this subject for this age
> group
> > that seems worth reading (or anyone with some experience worth talking
> to),
> > I'd be incredibly happy to know about it.
> > *Two*: If you're someone with a child between the ages of two and six,
> could
> > I ask to you participate in an online survey about Children and the Web?
> >
> > At the end of all this, perhaps our research for the BBC project might
> > somehow contribute to the community's collective knowledge in this area.
> At
> > least that's what I'm hoping. So your participation would be most
> valuable.
> > :)
> >
> > And if you do have time to respond to the survey, I'd be happy to send
> you a
> > report of the results. The best part is that you'll get to spend 15
> minutes
> > or so thinking about your kid. And, from a parent's perspective, it will
> > get you thinking about stuff you're probably too busy to think about, but
> > probably should be thinking about.
> >
> > That said, thanks for any information/leads/insight you may have. And
> > thanks to all the parents who have the time to respond this this survey:
> >
> > http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=9D3fR_2f9tNnzPFNNp3b1WPQ_3d_3d
> >
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> >
> > Cindy Chastain
> > User Experience Director
> > Interactive Partners, NY
> >
> > 917-848-7995
> >
> > --
> > Cindy Chastain
> > 917-848-7995
> > ________________________________________________________________
> > Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> > To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> > Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
> > List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
> > List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help
> >
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
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> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
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