Do you think your child can sing better than the current Indian Idol? Or, have her works of art drawn the attention of many that you want to reach out to a bigger audience? You can now promote her talents by simply building her a website.
The virtual world today, with its myriad apps and innovative technologies, has become the perfect platform to showcase one’s talents. If your child has a website, it will not only allow you to present her talent, but also help her interact with experts in her field and get noticed by them. While you should always keep an eye out for negative influences in the virtual world, you should also allow her to use the Internet to her advantage.
However, how your child interacts with the virtual world will depend on her age and skill levels. So, you must build a website that will be easy for her to navigate. Here are some tips on how to build an age-appropriate website for your child.
Tips for building your child a website (age-wise)
- By now your child and her peers can read basic text, which means that you can and should have some text on the website to make it more engaging for them. But, it is also important to keep the website and the language used in it simple. However, make sure that the website isn’t too text-heavy.
- Use multiple graphics. Children of this age still find colours and graphics interesting. So, make your child’s website visually pleasing by using bright colours and shades. This will make him want to spend more time on it and he’ll be motivated to work harder on his projects.
- Be careful to keep the number of elements on a particular page low, so as to not overwhelm your child. The navigation should also be easy so that she does not get confused.
- Keep in mind that children’s motor skills, at this age, is not on a par with that of an adult’s. So, it is important to use big fonts for clickable links and graphics. This way they will have an easier time navigating the website. Try and avoid incorporating features like scrolling, as it might confuse children in this age group.
- By this age, your child and her peers will have more experience in using the Internet and related technology. They will also be able to read more and have a stronger vocabulary. This means you can put more text on your child’s website and use a few advanced level words. A very simple website with hardly any text may fail to engage him.
- Children in this age group have more developed motor skills; so, they can navigate the website through multiple clickable links. You could even add the scrolling option to the web pages.
- You could include more elements on your child’s website; in fact, a few graphic elements along with text will make the website look more engaging.
- By this age, your teenager is probably comfortable using technology. So, it might be a good idea to let him create the website on his own, with a little guidance from you.
- Ask your teen to create the website on a platform that is specifically meant for teenagers so that she is not harassed by inappropriate content popping up. Make sure the safety checks are in place.
- Talk to your teen, and work through the content he would like to put up on the website and how relevant it would be to other children of his age. Also, help him think through how to present the content in a way that it engages the right audience.
For all ages
- Take care that the ads on the website are age-appropriate for your child. Moreover, make sure that your child can tell the difference between ads and content by how they are placed on the website, to avoid any confusion.
- It’s very important that you keep the age group of your child and his followers in mind while designing the website. This will help appropriate audience engagement.
A word of caution: As parents, it’s your duty to make sure that your child isn’t harassed online or does not share any personal information accidentally. Have an open talk with him about the dangers of the virtual world and how he must always practise caution while putting up any content on the website. Tell him to always come to you, in case he feels put off by any comment. If your child is very young, do not give him the publishing rights, until he is of an age when he can understand the responsibility of being a good digital citizen.
The younger your child is, the more guidance and support she will need in managing the website. So, make sure that you support her and are always available to answer her questions.
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