Children searching information on the Internet: Performance on children's interfaces compared to Google

Hanna Jochmann-Mannak, Theo W.C. Huibers, Leo Lentz, Ted Sanders

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    Abstract

    Children frequently make use of the Internet to search for information. However, research shows that children experience many problems with searching and browsing the web. The last decade numerous search environments have been developed, especially for children. Do these search interfaces support children in effective information-seeking? And do these interfaces add value to today’s popular search engines, such as Google? In this explorative study, we compared children’s search performance on four interfaces designed for children, with their performance on Google. We found that the children did not perform better on these interfaces than on Google. This study also uncovered several problems that children experienced with these search interfaces, which can be of use for designers of future search interfaces for children.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages27-35
    Number of pages9
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2010
    EventWorkshop on Accessible Search Systems 2010 - Geneva, Switzerland
    Duration: 23 Jul 201023 Jul 2010
    https://personal.cis.strath.ac.uk/ian.ruthven/accessiblesearch/

    Workshop

    WorkshopWorkshop on Accessible Search Systems 2010
    CountrySwitzerland
    CityGeneva
    Period23/07/1023/07/10
    Internet address

    Keywords

    • IR-72475
    • METIS-270949
    • Information-seeking behaviour
    • Children
    • searching
    • EWI-18231
    • browsing
    • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP7/231507
    • Navigation

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