Ubiquitous computing for teenagers: A new perspective on child-computer interaction

Amandeep Dhir, Mohammed Al-Kahtani

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    Ubiquitous computing (UbiComp) is a more than two-decade-old phenomenon, but its impact is still evident on the design and development of various mobile and internet-based applications and systems. In this paper, we present a novel and interesting research subject concerning the need for an understanding of the design of future UbiComp technologies, specifically aimed at teenage users. Designing UbiComp technologies for teenagers and young children is quite new, so little work is reported in scientific literature. For this reason, existing literature available on the design and use of internet and handheld-based applications by teenagers and young children has been examined, since it presents crucial design level considerations that might also be applicable for designing UbiComp technologies. The contribution of this paper is as follows: 1) It presents a multidisciplinary literature review comprising of previous research on child-computer interaction and various other Internet and media-based studies involving teen users. 2) It presents a new research agenda governing the design and development of UbiComp and 'cool UbiComp'. 3) It outlines some of the interesting experiences from our ongoing field studies in India involving school-going teenagers. 4) It gives detailed discussions on various associated ethical issues concerning the process of approval needed for involving teenagers in the research, and practiced protocol for ensuring various international ethical standards and norms during our field studies in India. 5) It presents four crucial challenges on 'designing for teenagers' concerning privacy in teen design, social implications of technology use by teenagers, lack of education on ICT and internet safety policies and missing psychological and sociological foundations of designing for teenagers.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2013 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society: Social Implications of Wearable Computing and Augmediated Reality in Everyday Life, ISTAS 2013
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventIEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society - Toronto, Canada
    Duration: 27 Jun 201329 Jun 2013

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of the International Symposium on Technology and Society
    ISSN (Print)2158-3404
    ISSN (Electronic)2158-3412


    ConferenceIEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society
    Abbreviated titleISTAS


    • 'cool design'
    • child-computer interaction
    • ethical issues
    • social implications
    • teenager
    • ubiquitous computing


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