Supporting pretend and narrative play over videochat

Svetlana Yarosh, Mark Robert Kwikkers

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Abstract

Remote play over videochat may increase opportunities for social interaction for children who are geographically separated from their preferred playmate or who live beyond walking-distance from their friends. We investigated how currently available videochat technologies may be used for remote play and the role of visual and physical structure in supporting pretend and narrative play between children. We invited 10 pairs of children to play with three videochat prototypes: phone-to-phone, phone-to-laptop, and laptop-to-laptop. Consistent with previous research, we found that laptop-to-laptop videochat was better for pretend play. However, our findings were different from previous work in that we found some evidence that laptop-to-laptop videochat may also be better at supporting narrative play and is higher-rated by children in terms of preference.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of IDC 2011 - 10th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children
Pages217-220
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 18 2011
Event10th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2011 - Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2011Jun 23 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of IDC 2011 - 10th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children

Other

Other10th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2011
CountryUnited States
CityAnn Arbor, MI
Period6/20/116/23/11

Keywords

  • children
  • free play
  • narrative play
  • pretend play
  • videochat

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