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Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2003 ➔ ClickClick : Adaptive Web Browsing Interface for Preschool Children


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Jin Kyung Hong (designer)
Stephanie Owens (thesis advisor)
Scott Paterson (thesis advisor)
Louisa Campbell (thesis advisor)
Mark Stafford (thesis advisor)




The Internet has become such an integral part of today's society that it is important  even for young children to be immersed in the culture of the World Wide Web at an  early age. While adults may find popular Web browsers such as Internet Explorer (IE)  or Netscape user-friendly, those browsers’ user interfaces might be confusing to a  three-year-old child.   Children between the ages of three and six are considered to be in the “Intuitive  thought” stage. (Borgers, Leeuw, & Hox 2000). In this stage, the main focus of a  child's intellectual development is using symbols, such as pictures and words, to  represent ideas and to convey objects. Children have active imaginations and vivid  sense of fantasies. In order to immerse children in the Internet at an early age, a Web  browser’s interface must take advantage of their cognitive characteristics. This paper  assesses current commercial Web user interfaces, and further examines them in  connection with children’s cognitive development. The objective is to develop an  adaptive Web user interface for children.



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