SIGIA-L Mail Archives: [Sigia-l] Youth research
[Sigia-l] Youth research
From: bigsnap (linda_at_bigsnap.com)
Date: Thu Sep 26 2002 - 12:35:49 EDT
Good luck with what sounds likes a very cool project. It's really
hard to find usability info about kids/teens because of the COPPA-
necessitated development approach to this age group.
However, I have a private collection of articles about youth online
that I"ve collected over the years, including the recent neilson
kids report. Also, my past two projects were kid-oriented (popsicle.
com launched in April, americangirl.com just launched sept 3). For
the Americangirl.com site, we did quite a bit of primary research,
ranging from surveys to photographic studies of girls. The age group
is a bit younger than you're looking at, but I'd be happy to talk
to you/email and share some of the results
I'd share some now, but I need to refresh my memory! Some relevant
things I remember is that boys surprisingly often go online in groups,
while girls tend to go online alone, or if younger, with parents.
Kids, like everyone else, prefer well-organized sites - this goes
against much common practice (i.e. people think kids want "cutting
edge" navigation etc. with flashing lights all over the place - not
If you'd like to give me a call, you can reach me at 847-866-8509
or 312-952-9511 cell, or just email me here at linda_at_bigsnap.com.
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 10:00:13 -0400
From: "joe " <joe_at_sokohl.com>
Subject: [Sigia-l] IA for Teenagers
A friend is doing a not-for-profit Web site. He's come to me for some
help on the human interaction part of the site.
The site's an information site geared for 14-18 year olds. I've done
research on ACM's digital library, but I've found very little research
(a nice 1996 article about usability testing with teens at Iomega). It
seems that I remember a thread along these lines appearing on SIGIA.
pointers y'all can provide? I'm looking for both usability-oriented
as well as IA-specific research, findings, or even anecdotes.
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