October 22, 2014

In 2008, our team at the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) at the University of Maryland formed a research partnership with Google when we were granted a Faculty Research Award to investigate how children search on the Internet. The goal of this partnership was loosely defined; we believed that children’s interactions with open-Internet search interfaces (i.e. interfaces with uncurated and unrestricted content) were poorly researched, and so we wanted to more deeply understand how children behaved as searchers. Although a body of research had developed around children as searchers, none of the existing research approached children in their homes as users of the unrestricted Internet or had attempted to understand children searching holistically in the context of other tasks. We thought that, with children as a growing segment of search interface users, there was an opportunity to study child searchers from a fresh-slate...read more
By Tejinder K. Judge, Carman Neustaedter

Tejinder K. Judge, Carman Neustaedter

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