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Parental controls: reimagining technologies for parent-child interaction

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European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies (EUSSET)


This article questions existing approaches in designing parental controls and puts forward a hypothesis to reimagine technologies to mediate parent-child interactions. First, we present an overview of the current parental controls. Second, we explain the gradual shift away from the idea of ‘harmful’ digital media in parental mediation studies and introduce previous work in CSCW and HCI that has proposed solutions to support discussions about digital media between parents and children. Then, we hypothesize that an emphasis on collaboration and mutual learning might help researchers and designers to rethink and reimagine technologies that support parent-child interactions with and through digital media. Finally, we share our findings of two co-creation workshops with children and parents on ways to instill parental involvement in children’s digital media use. The workshop yielded insights on the differing views between parents and children about how technologies might instill long-term negotiations based on parents’ and children’s experiences, enriched by real-use data.


Nouwen, Marije; Jafarinaimi, Nassim; Zaman, Bieke (2017): Parental controls: reimagining technologies for parent-child interaction. Proceedings of 15th European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work - Exploratory Papers. DOI: 10.18420/ecscw2017-28. European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies (EUSSET). PISSN: 2510-2591. pp. 18-34. Digitally mediated interaction. Sheffield, UK. 28 August - 1 September 2017