Technology is so integrated with the lives of teenagers that creating useful and usable websites for them is more critical than ever. If it doesn’t work right, it sucks. However, teens aren't as technologically savvy as you might think, nor do they use their Smartphones and social media for everything.
We conducted empirical usability studies with real teens to determine specifics for how websites can be improved to match their abilities and preferences.
This 328-page report presents 111 design guidelines for creating compelling websites for users aged 13–17. Findings and guidelines are supplemented with discussions, photos, and 280 screenshots, showing specific designs that worked well or worked poorly for teenagers.
- Misconceptions about teenagers
- Comparing usability to other age groups
- Reasons teens visit websites
- Where teens use the internet
- Struggling blocks for teenagers
- Checklist of 111 design recommendations that will make your website more suited for teenagers and easier for them to use
- Social networking
- Account sign up
- Mobile devices
- School websites
- Distractions and loading time
- Writing for the web
- Visual design
- Interaction design
- Websites that teens like
- Gender differences
- Advice from teens
- Balancing what teens want and what they need
- Detailed methodology section that shows how you can conduct your own usability studies with teenagers, including where to test and how to get them to vocalize their thoughts