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Icons for Kids: Can Young Children Understand Graphical Representations of App Store Categories?

This paper proposes the use of graphical representations – colloquially referred to as “icons” – of app-store program categories and provides evidence via a user study that these icons can be
understood by young children (aged 4-8). Given the rapid growth of this user base, providing such graphical representations is important to aid young children in navigating (under usual parental
supervision) and understanding the large number of apps available. This work further provides an initial set of candidate graphical representations that have been evaluated with children, which serve
as a starting point for future implementations and exploration.

Wiebe, M., Geiskovitvch, D.Y.,  Bunt, A., Young, J.E., and Glenwright, M. Icons for kids: Can young kids understand graphical representations of App store categories? Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2016, 4 pages, to appear.

Authors

Michelle Wiebe

Michelle Wiebe

Undergraduate Student
Andrea Bunt

Andrea Bunt

Associate Professor
James E.Young

James E.Young

Associate Professor

As well as: , and Melanie Glenwright