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A walk on the child side
Investigating Parents’ and Children’s Experience and Perspective on
Mobile Technology for Outdoor...
Investigating Parents’ and Children’s Experience and Perspective on
Mobile Technology for Outdoor Child Independent Mobili...
Child independent mobility
3
Positive impact on
children’s wellbeing
and development
Video on pedibus
smart goes here
Message: what is a
walking bus?
Children gather at the walking bus stops
and walk togethe...
SMART Pedibus
6
How did children…
…interact with the technology?
…think it worked?
Research questions (1)
7
What do parents think about…
…tracking their children’s presence?
…mobile devices and children autonomy?
Research question...
Method
7 participant observations in two primary schools
with ~60 children aged 6 to 10:
3 observations in School 1
4 obse...
Method
11 semi-structured interviews with adults
1 workshop with 5 adults
2 workshops with 9 children 6-10 years old
10
A disappearing technology
Visibility levels of technology
11
Visibility levels of technology
12
Valuing the social side
of the experience
Visibility levels of technology
“The technology provides a faster registering of...
The app on volunteers’
smartphones attracts children
Visibility levels of technology
14
“…yes, he wants to start the app, ...
Visibility levels of technology
Children had a good understanding of
the system functioning and data
acquisition
“It is co...
Achieving autonomy is a process that needs to be sustained:
Children need to make mistakes and learn from them
Balance bet...
An Evolving Balance
Balance between monitoring and trusting
“The more they grow, the more we need to give autonomy, it bec...
Risk reduction
GPS Surveillance
Childrens’ autonomy
Independence
Balance between monitoring and trusting
“I’d like to gain...
Risk reduction
GPS Surveillance
Childrens’ autonomy
Independence
Balance between monitoring and trusting
Smart pedibus
Pro...
Takeaways
Technology in the background
Parents valued trust and despised monitoring
Achieving autonomy is a process
Techno...
21
ferron@fbk.eu
micferron
Resources
Full article
Blogpost on Medium
Blogpost on micferron.com
Research team
smartcommunitylab.it/climb-en/
i3.fbk.eu...
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A walk on the child side: Investigating Parents’ and Children’s Experience and Perspective on Mobile Technology for Outdoor Child Independent Mobility

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Presentation for CHI 2019.
The article, authored by Chiara Leonardi, Paolo Massa, Gianluca Schiavo, Amy L. Murphy, Elisabetta Farella and I, was presented at CHI 2019 in the session "Access for Families Across Context". The article received an honourable mention and investigates the views of parents and primary school children on mobile technology designed to support child independent mobility in the context of the local walking school buses.

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A walk on the child side: Investigating Parents’ and Children’s Experience and Perspective on Mobile Technology for Outdoor Child Independent Mobility

  1. 1. A walk on the child side Investigating Parents’ and Children’s Experience and Perspective on Mobile Technology for Outdoor Child Independent Mobility Michela Ferron, Chiara Leonardi, Paolo Massa, Gianluca Schiavo, Amy L. Murphy, Elisabetta Farella
  2. 2. Investigating Parents’ and Children’s Experience and Perspective on Mobile Technology for Outdoor Child Independent Mobility
  3. 3. Child independent mobility 3 Positive impact on children’s wellbeing and development
  4. 4. Video on pedibus smart goes here Message: what is a walking bus? Children gather at the walking bus stops and walk together to school under the supervision of adult volunteers SMART Pedibus 4 Children gather at the walking bus stops and walk together to school under the supervision of adult volunteers SMART Pedibus
  5. 5. SMART Pedibus 6
  6. 6. How did children… …interact with the technology? …think it worked? Research questions (1) 7
  7. 7. What do parents think about… …tracking their children’s presence? …mobile devices and children autonomy? Research questions (2) 8
  8. 8. Method 7 participant observations in two primary schools with ~60 children aged 6 to 10: 3 observations in School 1 4 observations in School 2 (adoption process) 9
  9. 9. Method 11 semi-structured interviews with adults 1 workshop with 5 adults 2 workshops with 9 children 6-10 years old 10
  10. 10. A disappearing technology Visibility levels of technology 11
  11. 11. Visibility levels of technology 12
  12. 12. Valuing the social side of the experience Visibility levels of technology “The technology provides a faster registering of children. There’s more time to […] talk to the children, ask ‘where do you live’ and get to know each other” 13
  13. 13. The app on volunteers’ smartphones attracts children Visibility levels of technology 14 “…yes, he wants to start the app, […] he is very curious about it. But I don’t always let him, because in that moment he is privileged, to respect other children” 14
  14. 14. Visibility levels of technology Children had a good understanding of the system functioning and data acquisition “It is connected to the phone and can do a sort of roll call” “It collects our names and sends it to a secure place” 15
  15. 15. Achieving autonomy is a process that needs to be sustained: Children need to make mistakes and learn from them Balance between monitoring and trusting “Children need trust and self-esteem, they need to feel big and responsible, it’s important for them to have moral support and to know that we believe in them” 16
  16. 16. An Evolving Balance Balance between monitoring and trusting “The more they grow, the more we need to give autonomy, it becomes a matter of relationship, of education of spaces and trust, of autonomy.” 17
  17. 17. Risk reduction GPS Surveillance Childrens’ autonomy Independence Balance between monitoring and trusting “I’d like to gain the trust that allows me to give autonomy, not to give autonomy because I have tracking technology”
  18. 18. Risk reduction GPS Surveillance Childrens’ autonomy Independence Balance between monitoring and trusting Smart pedibus Proximity detection
  19. 19. Takeaways Technology in the background Parents valued trust and despised monitoring Achieving autonomy is a process Technology should rely on networks of trusted people 20
  20. 20. 21 ferron@fbk.eu micferron
  21. 21. Resources Full article Blogpost on Medium Blogpost on micferron.com Research team smartcommunitylab.it/climb-en/ i3.fbk.eu e3da.fbk.eu 22 A Walk on the Child Side: Investigating Parents’ and Children’s Experience and Perspective on Mobi Technology for Outdoor Child Independent Mobility. M. Ferron, C. Leonardi, P. Massa, G. Schiavo, A. L. Murphy, E. Farella

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