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