sg 18(16): e1

Research Article

Designing Tourism Websites for Children: Guidelines and Experimental Results

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.5-1-2018.155084,
        author={Antonina Dattolo and Flaminia L. Luccio and Chiara De March and Eleonora De Riu},
        title={Designing Tourism Websites for Children: Guidelines and Experimental Results},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Serious Games},
        volume={5},
        number={16},
        publisher={EAI},
        journal_a={SG},
        year={2018},
        month={9},
        keywords={Tourism Websites for Children, Website usability and accessibility, Gamification, Experimental Websites for Children},
        doi={10.4108/eai.5-1-2018.155084}
    }
    
  • Antonina Dattolo
    Flaminia L. Luccio
    Chiara De March
    Eleonora De Riu
    Year: 2018
    Designing Tourism Websites for Children: Guidelines and Experimental Results
    SG
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.5-1-2018.155084
Antonina Dattolo1,*, Flaminia L. Luccio2, Chiara De March3, Eleonora De Riu3
  • 1: SASWEB Lab, Department Of Mathematics And Computer Science, University Of Udine, Gorizia, Italy
  • 2: DAIS, University Ca' Foscari Of Venice, Italy
  • 3: University Ca' Foscari Of Venice, Italy
*Contact email: antonina.dattolo@uniud.it

Abstract

The children use digital devices and begin to navigate on the Web when they are 10.3 years old (on average); furthermore, in each family, their preferences and needs are relevant in the choice of tourism destinations. Nevertheless, there is a scarcity of studies on children travel and of websites, specifically designed for them, based on their own perspectives. In this work, we discuss the importance of conceiving and creating usable and accessible websites for children, and propose guidelines relative to the design, the structure, the navigation, the gamification and the language. We applied these guidelines two case studies: the first one is a dedicated section of the tourism website of a Naturalistic Oasis located close to Treviso, in Italy, the second one is a website for tourism activities dedicated to families that want to visit the city of Venice, Italy. In both cases, we present experimental results.