Writing for Children's Web Sites
Here are some tips to keep in mind when writing content for children's Web sites:
- Keep sentences short, and limit each sentence to one thought.
- Paragraphs should also be short and limited to one concept or idea.
- Verify that the text is written to the site's target age group.
- If you use a difficult word, explain what it means in the text or include it in such a way that the reader will understand its meaning by the context.
- Avoid scrolling pages. Younger kids, especially those under 7, have a difficult time keeping their places on the screen as they scroll.
- Keep columns narrow. It is easier for a child to read text if there aren't too many words on a line. For the youngest readers, about five words per line is recommended.
- Connect images to the text as much as possible. For example, by adding images such as arrows to on-screen selections, you'll make it clear to your young audience what those selections do.
- Use larger type sizes for sites designed for beginning readers.
- Readers often scan text on a Web page, so it can be helpful to highlight keywords within the text.
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