We are living in the age of technology. Electronic devices like computer, tablet and smart phone have become so usual. We can see most of the school boys having smart phone these days. I can remember using computer not before the age of 18. Yet now 12 year old boys can browse the internet so easily. We can say that, children nowadays are born with electronic devices. I have a cousin of 5 years old who can play ‘Temple Run’ by himself. He just needs somebody to unlock the phone. His elder brother who is 8 years old can download games from the internet following the instructions. So children not only use electronic devices but also they have access to the internet. That’s why there are websites for children. Children can learn many things with having fun in those websites.
Speaking of children websites, a designer should keep many things in mind. This job is both fun and hard because as a designer you have to think like children. Like, what they like to see, what entertains them, what keeps their concentration or interest to a website. Likings and characteristics varies from children to children regarding the age. First of all you need to ensure for which age group you are designing, then know about that age group and determine the design. There are some age groups that you should consider. If you can know them well then you can make a design very well suitable for them.
Aged 3 to 5
They are just babies. They know almost nothing so all you need to know is make them smile with sweet theme, bright and colorful interface. They know nothing about texts or searching. So use a huge notification bar and button with cute and large characters. They will find what they want by seeing. Example:
Aged 6 to 8
Children of this group start learning to read. So they’d want to understand something by reading. So some texts may be used but they should be very simple. Characters in the site should be like more human than cartoon. Example:
Aged 9 to 12
In this age children gets more matured. They want something creative and dynamic. Mostly they like to be challenged. Simply colored website is good for them and patterns can be a good idea. Mainly they’d like something that keeps them engaged. Example:
Aged 13 and up
They are called teen ager. Colors and designs of their websites should be dark and deep. They’d like something that represents adults because children of this age like to think that they are adults. Elaborate typography should be applied for designing websites for them.
So, when you came to know about your age groups, you will start designing. Before that some major things should e kept in mind. You have to consider those things carefully because it’s your responsibility to provide something useful for children.
Bright and Colorful Theme
This is mandatory to make the web designing colorful and bright. Funny carton animation is also useful to attract children. A designer can use a lot of picture while creating the navigation instead of texts. There should be no such thing like paragraph or description; rather texts should be so simple. Colorful and simple typography is also effective here.
Children would like to find easily what they are looking for. They don’t like to search like adults instead of just clicking. So all the bookmarks should be seen easily and placed beautifully. Then children wouldn’t get bored to find something from the site.
Gaming and Activity
You should design a website that will involve children in activities or gaming so that they wouldn’t lose interest. Games shouldn’t be so hard that they wouldn’t try second time. And of course games shouldn’t be so easy rather more creative. Children may face different stages and have the facility to customize their gaming profile. Activities like quiz test and other interaction is also effective. The design can provide a winner of the test so that children may interact with others and feel competitive.
Last of all, the goal of designing a website for kids should be to make them smarter. They are innocent and they know almost nothing. It’s the job of the designers to introduce them to a beautiful world and teach them something. You are not asked by the children about what they want or need. You need to be sensible and creative. It may be the hardest job for any designer to design for kids because you have to know what exactly kids like. So at first think about and know it well. Then you can provide a tremendous design for children.