Mobile technologies for parent/child relationships

Svetlana Yarosh, Hilary Davis, Paulina Modlitba, Mikael Skov, Frank Vetere

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Development literature emphasizes the importance of parental involvement in both care and play activities, to build secure relationships. The chapter presents five case studies of novel designs that employ diverse mobile technologies to provide provide parents and children with new opportunities to share experiences and have fun together while being physically separated. The Virtual Box employs location sensing and a mobile PDA device to extend a familiar hide-and-seek game to a digital platform that a parent and child can use to playfully interact while apart. The aim of the Virtual Box is to understand and support child/parent intimacy. The Collage is a technology for collecting, displaying, and interacting with a family's image and text communications. It uses mobile camera phones as an input device and a touch screen for synchronous interaction between distributed family members. It was created to investigate playful activities between grandparents and their grandchildren but was also significant in child/parent interaction. eKISS is a system designed to support communication between children and parents while separated by automatically sharing pictures captured with a camera phone throughout the day. eMutts is an early prototype that consists of a series of wearable sensor toys and an online interface to address the issues of awareness on the part of the parent and encourage self-disclosure on the part of the child. Globetoddler is a prototype of a toy-to-mobile, always-on multimedia experience designed to support contact between a preschool child and a traveling parent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMobile Technology for Children
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9780123749000
StatePublished - 2009


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