Cbeebies Research

To begin this brief I had to first look into the various website styles out there for children. This would give me an idea on colours, fonts, layouts, and content on which I should include in my own  work.

First and foremost I looked into the website of Cbeebies. This one is a rather simplistic website to navigate. The URL itself is complicated to spell, if a child were trying to find it, but that is the only complication here.

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The home page follows the same general layout as the rest of the website does. It already sets the tone for the site from just one simple look. Everything is bright, colourful, and very playful too. This draws children in, they do not want to see something boring that doesn’t grab their attention. The website should display the work as best it can, and also match the brightly coloured characters shown on the pages of the website too.

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It has one main navigational system. This is constant throughout the pages and is very easy to find time after time. This enables the children to navigate around simply and with ease. Nothing too fancy or over the top to try and confuse them. Each one comes with a hover over sound to signify that it is in fact a button to be clicked, and it reads out just what you are clicking on. A good plus for children unable to read as of right now.

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The links within the pages gives children a small icon of a character to select. These are easily labeled for them to read their names. Each one leads through to a different character page within the website.

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There is one main scroll feature at the top of the page, the things inside of this bar are also linked as buttons along the bottom. This tells children what they are about to press without them having to first press the button. When you hover over the smaller versions, a roll over highlights informing you of just what the page is called/what it contains.

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For the rest of the website, the interactive features are simple. There is nothing over complicated, nothing too extravagant that a child could not be able to do, and it all works on one simple box in the exact same place on the screen, which clears away the confusion of looking for it time and time again.

After looking at this website, I feel that the idea of having my main links visible, the one box for everything to appear, and the bigger box when hovered over, is a good idea. These are probably the ones I will try to carry forward into my own work. Along with the influences to have games, posters, colouring pages, and an interactive story too.

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