Proceedings of the 4th ECREA European Communication Conference pages:1-19
ECREA 2012 4th European Communication Conference edition:4 location:Istanbul, Turkey date:24-27 October 2012
In this study, we combine a content analysis of the toolsets of children’s online news sites in three countries (Belgium, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom) with a usability study of two of these news sites for children aged 9 to 12 years old. Results show that especially 9-year-olds find it difficult to navigate through the sites and are faced with reading and comprehension difficulties. To our surprise, also 12-year-olds run into a lot of difficulties during the completion of the tasks. According to the Flesch and Flesch-Douma reading ease calculations, the text material on the site is too difficult for the age group.