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    How to design a webpage for kids...

      I want to design a site geared towards kids, but will little or no use of cartoons. Does anyone have any ideas of how to accomplish this and still generate interest with the kids?
        • 1. Re: How to design a webpage for kids...
          Level 7
          It's like any design job. Find out everything you can about your target
          market and design to appeal to them .. hold their interest . and get them to
          stay on your site.


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          "loosestring" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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          >I want to design a site geared towards kids, but will little or no use of
          >cartoons. Does anyone have any ideas of how to accomplish this and still
          >generate interest with the kids?


          • 2. Re: How to design a webpage for kids...
            joeq Level 1
            based on the information you provided, it's an impossible question to answer well.

            what's the site for?
            how old are the kids?
            when you say 'generate interest', what do you want the kids to do?
            why no cartoons?
            by cartoons, do you mean that any kind of animation is off the table?
            if no cartoons, what kinds of images are acceptable?
            • 3. Re: How to design a webpage for kids...
              Level 7
              Here's a great link that was recently posted on the GL forums for a page for
              kids that I think is prototypical -

              http://junior.bachmann.co.uk/



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              "loosestring" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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              >I want to design a site geared towards kids, but will little or no use of
              >cartoons. Does anyone have any ideas of how to accomplish this and still
              >generate interest with the kids?


              • 4. Re: How to design a webpage for kids...
                quote:

                Originally posted by: joeq
                based on the information you provided, it's an impossible question to answer well.

                what's the site for?
                how old are the kids?
                when you say 'generate interest', what do you want the kids to do?
                why no cartoons?
                by cartoons, do you mean that any kind of animation is off the table?
                if no cartoons, what kinds of images are acceptable?


                what's the site for?
                church website for kids lessons

                how old are the kids?
                all ages

                when you say 'generate interest', what do you want the kids to do?
                be engaged and/or interested in the content

                why no cartoons?
                to minimize any contributions to the "dumbing down" of the kids

                by cartoons, do you mean that any kind of animation is off the table?
                cartoon characters and such.

                if no cartoons, what kinds of images are acceptable?
                anything that would be applicable to a church site for kids given the above criteria.

                Thanks to all who replied.

                • 5. Re: How to design a webpage for kids...
                  Level 7
                  Take a stroll through department stors that have children's departments.
                  You'll observe the three fundamentals: color, sound, and motion. They are
                  the fundamental attractors which stimulate the senses.

                  Use symbols and roles that invoke associative responses. Stereotypical
                  entities like mommy, daddy, sister, brother, and characters like an "Uncle
                  Fuzzy" and so on. Kids respond to pictorial representations which is why
                  cartoons are so addictive.

                  Finally, be advised there are regulations called COPA (Children's Online
                  Protection Act).

                  <%= Clinton Gallagher
                  NET csgallagher AT metromilwaukee.com
                  URL http://www.metromilwaukee.com/clintongallagher/


                  "loosestring" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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                  >I want to design a site geared towards kids, but will little or no use of
                  >cartoons. Does anyone have any ideas of how to accomplish this and still
                  >generate interest with the kids?


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                  • 6. Re: How to design a webpage for kids...
                    Level 7
                    I think that you need to make a distinction between a cartoon and an
                    illustration. If you want to get a message across to kids you have to rely
                    on images more than words. That is why all websites aimed at kids are
                    graphic intensive.


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                    "loosestring" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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                    >
                    quote:

                    Originally posted by: joeq
                    > based on the information you provided, it's an impossible question to
                    > answer
                    > well.
                    >
                    > what's the site for?
                    > how old are the kids?
                    > when you say 'generate interest', what do you want the kids to do?
                    > why no cartoons?
                    > by cartoons, do you mean that any kind of animation is off the table?
                    > if no cartoons, what kinds of images are acceptable?

                    >
                    > what's the site for?
                    > church website for kids lessons
                    >
                    > how old are the kids?
                    > all ages
                    >
                    > when you say 'generate interest', what do you want the kids to do?
                    > be engaged and/or interested in the content
                    >
                    > why no cartoons?
                    > to minimize any contributions to the "dumbing down" of the kids
                    >
                    > by cartoons, do you mean that any kind of animation is off the table?
                    > cartoon characters and such.
                    >
                    > if no cartoons, what kinds of images are acceptable?
                    > anything that would be applicable to a church site for kids given the
                    > above
                    > criteria.
                    >
                    > Thanks to all who replied.
                    >
                    >
                    >


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                    • 7. Re: How to design a webpage for kids...
                      Level 7

                      > when you say 'generate interest', what do you want the kids to do?
                      > be engaged and/or interested in the content

                      Write good content with engaging interaction.

                      > why no cartoons?
                      > to minimize any contributions to the "dumbing down" of the kids

                      Cartoons !+ dumbing down.

                      > if no cartoons, what kinds of images are acceptable?
                      > anything that would be applicable to a church site for kids given the
                      > above
                      > criteria.

                      Which is...?

                      -Darrel