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Fata Morgana
2008-06-29 01:48
Stanford/Nokia study on kids, communication, and technology -- seeking participants!
kids, nokia, research
As some of you know, I am interning this summer with the IDEA team at Nokia Research Center in Palo Alto, where we working on a research project focused on children, families, and communication. We are looking for participants for a study that will take place this summer, and would greatly appreciate your help. Please share the following message with friends, organizations, mailing lists, bulletin boards, or anyone who may be interested. Thank you!


Dear Parents,

As a part of a project with Stanford University and Nokia Research Center, we are studying how families with kids in early elementary school communicate, both with one another and with remote family members, and how technologies and kids' toys are a part of this. For help with our research, we are looking to hear from the perspective of families with children aged 5-9 years.

We ultimately hope to develop age-appropriate technologies to help children develop and maintain relationships with loved ones (e.g. grandparents, parents, siblings, and friends).

The time commitment required for participation is typically an afternoon or evening. We would like to interview and observe you and your family in your home in order to understand the methods your family uses to communicate and what values you have around the toys and technologies in your lives. Your child(ren) can also give us a "tour" of their toys and explain to us their thoughts on family and their favorite activities.

As a thank-you for participation, your family will receive a $100 gift certificate. You will also be invited to participate in a design workshop at Nokia Research Center in Palo Alto.

We are flexible with scheduling and will work around what is convenient for you.

If you are willing to participate or have any questions about this research, please contact me by email (kids_study@morganya.org) or phone at (510)387-2023.

Morgan Ames
Department of Communication
Stanford University
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2008-06-30 01:12 (UTC)
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i presume you don't have the setup to make use of families where the primary language of communication between the parents and the kids is not english?
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Fata Morgana
2008-06-30 01:34 (UTC)
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Depending on the language, we might be able to (there are people in the Nokia lab and various friends of mine who could help) -- and actually, I'd love to be able to include some diverse perspectives. Send me an email with more information and we'll see what we can do.

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2008-06-30 22:35 (UTC)
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How far are you willing to travel? How about San Diego? (My sister is 9.)
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2008-07-04 07:01 (UTC)
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I'm afraid I don't fit your criteria. =(
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