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How Children Search the Internet with Keyword Interfaces
IDC '09 Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (2009)
  • Allison Druin, University of Maryland
  • Elizabeth Foss, University of Maryland
  • Leshell Hatley, University of Maryland
  • Evan Golub, University of Maryland
  • Mona Leigh Guha, University of Maryland
  • Jerry Fails, University of Maryland
  • Hilary Hutchinson, Google, Inc.
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 it, more critical analysis of the challenges children face today is needed. This paper presents the findings of our initial study to understand how children ages 7, 9, and 11 search the Internet using keyword interfaces in the home. Our research has revealed that although today's children have been exposed to computers for most of their lives, spelling, typing, query formulation, and deciphering results are all still potential barriers to finding the information they need.
  • children,
  • Internet,
  • search,
  • search engine,
  • query formulation,
  • typing
Publication Date
Paolo Paolini and Franca Garzotto
Association of Computing Machinery
Citation Information
Allison Druin, Elizabeth Foss, Leshell Hatley, Evan Golub, et al.. "How Children Search the Internet with Keyword Interfaces" New YorkIDC '09 Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (2009) p. 89 - 96
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