Popular tools used to search for online resources are tuned to satisfy a broad category of users—primarily adults. Because children have specific needs, these tools may not always be successful in offering the right level of support in their quest for information. While search tools often provide query assistance, children still face many difficulties expressing their information needs in the form of a query. In this paper, we share results from our ongoing research work focused on understanding children's interactions with query suggestions and their preferences with respect to suggestions offered by a general-purpose strategy versus a counterpart designed exclusively for children. Our goal is to inform researchers and developers about when it is necessary to turn to technologies tailored exclusively for children and to further outline needs that should be addressed when it comes to designing query-formulation-related technology for children.
This document was originally published in IDC '18: Proceedings of the 17th ACM Conference on Interaction Design and Children by ACM - Association for Computing Machinery. Copyright restrictions may apply. doi: 10.1145/3202185.3210779
Anuyah, Oghenemaro; Pera, Maria Soledad; and Fails, Jerry Alan. (2018). "Investigating Query Formulation Assistance for Children". IDC '18: Proceedings of the 17th ACM Conference on Interaction Design and Children, 581-586.