Journalism and Mass Communication vol:2 issue:12 pages:1095-1105
In this study, we combine an analysis of the toolsets of children’s online news sites in three countries (the United
Kingdom, Belgium, and the Netherlands) with a usability study of two of these news sites for children aged nine to
12 years old. Results show that especially nine-year-olds find it difficult to navigate through the sites and are faced
with reading and comprehension difficulties. Not only nine-year-olds but also 12-year-olds with a higher reading
proficiency level run into a lot of difficulties during the usability test. According to the Flesch and Flesch-Douma
reading ease calculations, the text material on the sites is too difficult for the age group.