Mobile Family Interaction

As part of the workshop we collected research interests, topic and other interesting content into a bunch of post it notes. After grouping them in topics, it was given as a task to collect them in one presentation and analyze them further.

The presentation is now attached here, further work still continues to understand them deeper.


Whoa, finally back from Sweden and time to start pulling the stuff together. Here’s the presenation Gitte showed us.

09.00 — 10.30 Welcome, introductions, opening keynote by Gitte Stald

10.30 — 11.00 Coffee

11.00 — 12.00 Set the scene: Problem statements and focuses in the co-design session, grouping

12.00 — 13.00 Lunch

13.00 — 17.00 Co-design session

14.45 — 15.15 Coffee

17.00 — 18.00 Wrap-up and closing

The deadline of the workshop position papers has been extended.

The new deadline is 24th of April, so there’s still time to think and submit your thoughts.

We are happy to announce that Gitte Stald, an associate professor in Digital cultures and mobile communication research group at the IT University of Copenhagen, has accepted our invitation to be a keynote speaker in the MobileCHI 2011 workshop.

Her background is extensively in adolescents’ digital media culture and mobile media. She has also participated in the EU Kids Online-research project. I’m extremely interested to hear Gitte’s thoughts on this topic and also comments to workshop papers.

On behalf of the organizers,


Our workshop proposal “Mobile Family Interaction: How to use mobile technology to bring trust, safety and wellbeing into families” was accepted to MobileCHI 2011, a conference specializing in human-computer interfaces with mobile devices and services.

In this workshop, we welcome multiple approaches to start to explore this domain. We particularly welcome the following approaches:

*   Empirical studies of preteen use of mobile technology, including use for communication among friends and family. Empirical analysis of themes, opportunities, coping strategies and mediation is also welcomed.

*   Case studies of campaigns and other efforts to improve media literacy skills, and child-child and child-adult mediation, with particular emphasis on the development of best practices, as well as theoretical work on topics such as child-child or child-adult mediation.

*   Presentations of innovative solutions and concepts that improve family life and child empowerment. The solutions will likely include mobile aspects, but may include also other media sources, such as the Web.

This is a cross-disciplinary workshop, and as such we explicitly invite contributions from a range of disciplines, including anthropology and ethnography, sociology, education, design studies, social sciences, science and technology studies and computer science. We also welcome contributions from non-academic organizations, such as corporations and both governmental and non-governmental organizations

    The call for papers is out there, and more information is going to follow later on.

    On behalf of the organizers,

    Matti & Jofish

    Mobile Family Interaction : MobileCHI 2011 workshop

    We invite cross-disciplinary research on kids' use of mobile technology by themselves and in family context to join together to discuss the findings in a Mobile CHI workshop.

    The aim is to be broad, including but not limited empirical research on actual use, case studies of campaigns and efforts to improve media literacy skills and parent-child and child-child mediation and to present studies on novel and innovative concepts that help family life.

    See the call for papers