Which Avatars Comfort Children?

  • Judit BényeiEmail author
  • Anikó Illés
  • Gabriella Pataky
  • Zsófia Ruttkay
  • Andrea Schmidt
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 26)


In this paper we give an account of an empirical study related to avatar selection, whose purpose is to comfort children in the context of the TERENCE learning application. We investigated what Hungarian children of ages 6-11 like to play with, what stories they like to read, and what avatars – out of a selection of nine different designs – they like best. We found a statistically relevant correlation between age, gender, and the participants’ expertise and habits as regards ICT tools. Our studies thus provided relevant information on how to design avatars for this special age group, taking gender equality into consideration and increasingly subjective well-being in order to motivate learning.


avatar selection children 6-11 years-old ICT expertise and habits 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judit Bényei
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anikó Illés
    • 1
  • Gabriella Pataky
    • 2
  • Zsófia Ruttkay
    • 1
  • Andrea Schmidt
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Moholy-Nagy University of Art and DesignBudapestHungary
  2. 2.ELTE University of BudapestBudapestHungary
  3. 3.Institute for Sociology, CSSHungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary

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