Design principles for pre-school children's interactive TV

Ana Joly Hulshof, Lyn Pemberton, Richard Griffiths

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Preschool children have increased access to media via a number of platforms, including digital interactive television. However, the viewing and interaction needs of this user group have not been extensively researched. The project reported in this paper investigates preschoolers’ interactions with a simulated interactive television set-up. The study involved the development of an electronic programme guide prototype and its empirical evaluation. This research was carried out with children in Brazil and in the United Kingdom, aged between three and four. The main issues that arose during the interaction with the prototype application are documented, and a list of design principles is presented to assist in the design of accessible preschool interactive television applications for this age group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalUniversal Access in the Information Society
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011


  • Inclusive digital television
  • Interactive design for children
  • Design principles


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