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Multimedia Metaphors for Young Children: TVM a Case Study

Multimedia Metaphors for Young Children: TVM a Case Study
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Author(s): Kirsten Ellis (Monash University, Australia) and Katherine Blashki (Monash University, Australia)
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 3
Source title: Information Technology & Organizations: Trends, Issues, Challenges & Solutions
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-066-0.ch033
ISBN13: 9781616921248
EISBN13: 9781466665330

Abstract

Incorporating age appropriate metaphors in computer interfaces designed for two and three year old children can facilitate competent and independent interactions. Young children have a different experience of the world to adults. Children have neither the knowledge nor confidence required to interpret the requisite interactions. Therefore interfaces that are suitable for adults may not be suitable for young children. Interfaces designed for two and three year old children must be sensitive to the nuances of meaningful and age appropriate source domains for young children. The relationship between young children and computers is bound by various physical and mental abilities, and the knowledge that the user brings to the interface. By using an interface that incorporates an age appropriate metaphor and appropriate interactions, multimedia products and services can be developed that ensure comprehension by young children and facilitate independent interactions with a computer.

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