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Title:Whoʼs Watching Your Children? Value Propositions in Preteen Virtual Worlds
Author(s):Nathan, Lisa P.; Meyers, Eric M.; Unsworth, Kristene
Subject(s):Virtual worlds
Preteens
Surveillance
Values
Abstract:This poster presents a critical, values-oriented investigation of a specific space within the online universe: shared virtual playgrounds designed for preteens. Specifically we investigate three preteen worlds with a focus on the sites’ technical features designed to support value concerns (e.g. privacy, security, obedience) and critically examine the potential influence of these features from different stakeholder perspectives. We provide a conceptual framework for analyzing these online environments, drawing upon methods developed for investigating values and information systems. Finally, the poster will outline: 1) a field based investigation gathering designer, parent, and children’s perceptions of preteen virtual worlds, 2) a research agenda for the critical study of children’s virtual environments as value-laden artifacts, and 3) implications such work may hold for software developers, interaction designers, youth service providers, and researchers in library and information science and humancomputer interaction.
Issue Date:2009-02-08
Genre:Conference Poster
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/15345
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-04-06


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