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Posted by Bells (U3188698) on Wednesday, 9th May 2007
Thank you to those of you who have already given us your thoughts on the redesigned CBeebies website.
We'd love to hear as many of your thoughts as possible. How are your children finding it? What do you think of the new look?
Any feedback would be appreciated.
Best wishes and thanks in advance,
Posted by U8318387 (U8318387) on Thursday, 10th May 2007
The problem with the new web site is that it is too text based for pre-school children who cannot yet read. The previous site was beautifully simple as it used pictures of familiar characters rather than words.
Please revert to a simpler system to enable our pre-school children to continue enjoying this great resource.
Posted by julie13970 (U8318536) on Thursday, 10th May 2007
My preschooler can no longer use the cbeebies website, due to the pictures no longer being available.It was perfect before as she could just click on recognisable characters.
She is very upset as she has used it every day for over a year
Bring back the pictures please
Posted by tweetlebeetle (U1168184) on Thursday, 10th May 2007
I agree with the previous 2 posters. The new website is too text based for pre-schoolers. My DD hasn't yet started to read and the best thing about the CBeebies website was the ease for a pre-reader. Now we just get frustration and requests to use "rival channels" websites.
Bit of a miss with us at the minute.
Posted by bob989 (U8309571) on Thursday, 10th May 2007
This might help:
Posted by graham_h_miller (U3289904) on Friday, 11th May 2007
Well my five and half year old loves it - he finds it easier to get to his favourite games.
Posted by tinyAdamsMum (U8329936) on Friday, 11th May 2007
My little boy is 3 and loves the cbeebies site. He loves colouring and painting the printables, but I find they take too long to print having to choose each one seperately and he gets bored. Would it be possible to have the choice to print themes as a pack (eg. all the numberjacks at once)
Posted by alicekeeling (U8331579) on Friday, 11th May 2007
I have a distraught four year old, managing to say, through the tears 'I want the old website.' He is really upset and is no longer able to use it himself. Before, he was able to simply click on the characters and choose what activity to do according to the show he wanted, but this is more complicated than before for him. I understand why you felt you needed to make the icons bigger, but actually it was perfectly fine as it was and yound children DO have the dexterity yo click on something that small. I am afraid I am going to have to join with my son in saying, please bring back the old website, it was much better before!
Posted by RogerM (U1871566) on Friday, 11th May 2007
What is the target audience again? 1-4 I thought.
This post seems to say it....
"Well my five and half year old loves it - he finds it easier to get to his favourite games.
Gone too clever by the looks of it. But will we see the old one back.... IS ITNG BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND.......?
Posted by jostatham (U8339590) on Saturday, 12th May 2007
We love the new design! Well done CBeebies !
Initially my daughter was really upset because she doesn't cope with change very well at all. I told her to click on the purple triangle for all the CBeebies characters and after that she was well away. Within 10 minutes (after being REALLY grumpy about it) she suddenly announced that she loved it loads and thought it was much better than before! Apparently there are lots more games to play too.
Posted by educateer (U8347430) on Sunday, 13th May 2007
How many adult navigation features can you fit in a website that I thought was aimed at 1 to 5 year olds?
* textual menus
* tabbed pages
* fading/rotating main content boxes
* heiarchical depth navigation at page tops
* reliance on textual navigation skills
I am afraid that the website is now too complex to use for my 2 and 4 year olds. My 4 year old is pleading for the old website back. She doesn't realise that the content is the same - it looks a lot different to her.
The old website was good and easy to use. Lots of graphical things to click on. The main great thing was that all of the characters were on the first/home page. The home page now looks something more like a news website.
Some of the old textual links (e.g. games) were graphical enough (bubble writing) to be remembered as a link. Young children aren't so good at having to actually read the text - they can't.
I understand that the BBC want to be able to make more of the website available but I thought that there would be more creativity at the BBC in discovering ways to do this that wouldn't spoil the usability of the original site.
What the BBC now have is availability at the cost of accessibility. The site is now not appropriate for its actual audience - pre-school and KS 1.
Please do not leave the new design in place. The older one was much more toddler friendly.
Posted by ladyynara (U2313563) on Sunday, 13th May 2007
My just-turned 3 year old is having no problems with it whatsoever.
Posted by jollup (U861560) on Monday, 14th May 2007
I have to agree with all the other posters on the message board who think the new redesign is not appropriate for young children. The simple click and explore style of navigation was very appropriate for this age group encouraging children to build their confidence in exploring a site.
Children are using computers from 2 years old now and the amount of text on the page prevents them from doing this. Even the characters page now has more text and less appealing icons.
I am a web designer myself and a member of the Guild of Accessible Web Designers and whilst I applaud the BBC sites on the whole for their progressive approach to accesibility, you have lost sight of your target audience with this redesign.
How many more messages will it take before you listen to your audience?
Don't make the mistake of thinking that your audience is captive. There are many different childrens sites out there and your competitors could benefit from this change....
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Posted by Bells (U3188698) on Monday, 14th May 2007
Thank you very much for your feedback on the redesign. We are always listening to our users and taking on board what they do and say.
Indeed, this redesign was informed by user testing across the UK with parents and children together in their own homes over many months. The CBeebies site is used by some children (usally the older 4-6 year olds) on their own and some children with their parents.
The navigation has to reflect that dual audience. That means that some of the navigation, such as the tabs in the Fun and Games section, is aimed at grown-ups and not at children. Across the site the primary navigation is still image-led for children to point and click on their own - such as the All Characters page and the default option for Fun and Games, Stories and Rhymes, Print and Colour, Make and Do and Music and Songs.
Do keep using the site and keep us informed how you and your child find it.
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