What I learned from user testing with kids

In most cases, artists or producers approach us with a new model of their game saying that they are testing whether the kids like their innovations. When asked if they know how to test their products, usually they say either ask the children whether they like it or which one is their best choice. Often, I would advise them to exclude the two questions from their web development interview questionnaires. Reason being, the kids, will give immediate feedback as they know that's a safe response that will make adults happy. With the open question, either it would be difficult for them to choose one, or they may choose one, and also point to other similar designs. If it becomes tough to select one, they might give up and say that they don't know. Designers would recommend you to decompose the item you are testing depending on various design elements, and then ask the questions separately. For example, you can ask them what they like about the video and the reason behind, their recommendations to improve the video, or if they can use their imagination there for you. There're also multiple enterprise business solutions that show their even more enhanced capabilities.

Also, you can ask your questions indirectly to get what you specifically want, for example, Ask them; if they would like to play that game again, to summarize the video, whether their schoolmate would love to play the game, or whether their younger brother would enjoy playing this game.

You should always try to be as fair as possible by considering the tips below.

Your testing goal

Mostly, producers will only need to know whether children like the game, but as a designer, you should dig more into it and determine which are the debates on this new design that will be displayed for the kids. Are we considering the icon clicking interaction or the icon user interface? Are we uncertain about the animation change or art style? You will only need to be specific.

Type of questions to ask

You will need to put yourself in the kid's shoes for every question to see if it's worth asking, will it fulfill your testing goal by getting the right information that you need. For example, if the kid points out five things he or she likes about item A and one thing about item B, will you still ask which one among them he or she loves MOM.

Phrasing your questions

You will need to know the right language for the kids and also consider their logic. Usually, that is where you will have to be more creative because kids that are five months older might have more developed communication skills and a different mindset than those that are younger.
Kids are creative, full of fun and adorable, that everybody will love to communicate with them in different contexts and try to understand their views in the right way. But they are as well delicate, sophisticated, and articulated. You can use many tricks which can make them give you genuine information; its only those tricks which can make your job full of fun.

TY for reading, hope this was helpful.

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Wow, this is a great article! 😃 I never thought about this, but I guess testing with children is a huge thing in the software industry, as a lot of money is in it.

Many of the things you mentioned can be applied to testing with humans in general, I guess.

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