Children are among the most frequent users of the Internet, yet searching and browsing the web can present many challenges. Studies over the past two decades on how children search were conducted with finite and pre-determined content found in CD-ROM applications, online digital libraries, and web directories. However, with the current popularity of the open Internet and keyword-based interfaces for searching, more critical analysis of the challenges children face today is needed.
To this end, we are conducting in-home interviews of children aged 7, 9, and 11 and their parents. Our interview offers children the opportunity to show us how they search, what search tools and strategies they use, and what they would change about search tools to make searching easier. We hope to gain a more complete understanding of how they navigate challenges and determine how best to accommodate them with a friendly and safe user interface.
ParticipantsDr. Hilary Browne Hutchinson, Google.
Dr. Allison Druin, Associate Professor, College of Information Studies.
Dr. Evan Golub, Lecturer, Department of Computer Science.
Jerry Alan Fails, PhD candidate in Computer Science.
Leshell Hatley, PhD candidate in the College of Information Studies.
Beth Foss, MS candidate in the College of Information Studies.
Sonia Franckel, Undergraduate, Department of Computer Science.