The years between childhood and adulthood can be one of the most formative periods in human development. At this stage of their lives, teenagers are developing their individual identities in contrast with that of their parents and other adults, and are learning how to navigate both digital world and its many perils.
As teens navigate a world dominated by social media, sexting, and body image issues, many teen girls face bullying online through TikTok videos that promote “body checking”. Amanda Todd, 15, tragically took her own life after an older man nonconsensually shared her nudes online – drawing attention to the risks they face when sharing personal details online.
Teenagers tend to be impulsive by nature and there can often be gaps between what they know they should do and the actual behavior they display. Rules can provide helpful speed bumps along the path, but only when clearly communicated and enforced.
UX design best practices can make your site more inviting for teenage audiences. Displaying information in bite-size chunks with plenty of white space helps teens scan and comprehend your content more quickly, and since many teens lack ideal reading skills, sites that make their concepts easy to comprehend are more appealing than sites relying too heavily on text for understanding purposes. This is particularly applicable in ecommerce or brand websites where users expect a professional and polished appearance from users.