Thanks for the great feedback!
ThomasCraig - You’re spot on about navigation. A lot of sites try to jazz it up with flash and animation. The problem with that is, kids can only conceptualize one type of interaction per mechanism. So when a kid sees a character pop up on rollover, it’s hard for them to understand that if they click on the character, they’ll go to another page.
Jenna74 - Glad you found this helpful!
Upendr - How exciting! Please let me know (@dgelman) when your site goes live; I’d love to see it.
Jean-Marc - You nailed it. The framework for designing kids’ sites has a lot of applicability for web design in general. A big difference, though, is that when adults encounter a poorly designed interaction, they tend to blame themselves for not being able to figure it out. Kids just move on to the next site, experience, interaction etc.