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Saturday, April 03, 2010

Child resistance technique: dullness

A project designed to help keep young children off computers is underway.  Once started, the program presents the user with a beautiful seaside resort and a small password window.  While aesthetically pleasing, the following suggestion was made as a possible alternative:

"I would recommend boring, colorless, uninteresting reports, preferably in foreign languages.  Nothing is less interesting to a child than a blank, unchanging picture of lengthy, hard-to-understand words.  This is like Kryptonite to kids."

Examples I found:

* Dull report
* Tax credit informtion
* Blurry engineering fliers (known as the "I triple E" effect)
* Blurry tax information

Just TRY to stay awake.

See also: SEP Field

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