How to design websites for children

Every site needs to be designed with an audience in mind, and designing for children is no exception. The first thing you need to consider is age and gender. For example, one of the bigger challenges in designing a website for seven to 12-year-olds is ensuring that the youngest boys, who don't like to read, are as enthralled by the site as tween girls, who are probably already using Twitter.

Here are some tips for creating a site that win over a younger audience.

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Olivia Dickinson is a Bafta-nominated producer and has over a decade's experience creating digital content for children. She led the redesign of Nick and Nick Jr websites (2009 onwards) in the UK and project manager for the 2007 BAFTA-nominated redesign of the CBeebies website.