Mcknight, Lorna and Fitton, Daniel
Touch-screen Technology for Children: Giving the Right Instructions and Getting the Right Responses.
In: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC 2010), Barcelona, Spain.
While devices such as iPhones, iPads and Surface tables enable a wide range of interaction possibilities, we do not yet have a set of widely understood terminology that conveys the new and unfamiliar touch-screen gestures required for interaction. In this paper we explore terminology for touch-screen gestures and in particular the implications for child users. An initial study exploring touch-screen language with 6-7 year-olds is presented as an illustration of some of the key problems that designers need to be aware of. The children were able to perform a range of touch-screen gestures and transfer metaphors from other contexts but mistakes were observed. From this study we present a set of suggestions as to how designers of touch-screen applications can support children more effectively.