Transformative Technologies for Children: Going beyond ‘Good'

Fitton, Daniel Bowen orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-2300-5432, Read, Janet C orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7138-1643, Eriksson, Eva, Bonsignore, Elizabeth, Iivari, Netta, Hartikainen, Heidi and Anne Dick, Rhona Anne (2024) Transformative Technologies for Children: Going beyond ‘Good'. In: 2024 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '24), 11-16 May 2024, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States.

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Against the backdrop of growing screen time, rising mental health issues, increasing loneliness, and general ill effects from technology use, it is time for the CHI community to consider how technology for children can be better than ‘good’. There are many examples of good technologies across research and commercial products, for technology to be more than ‘good’ it needs to have a transformative effect on children’s lives that lasts beyond a monetary positive experience. Such technology could, for example, build resilience, encourage compassion, promote inclusive behaviors, and improve overall happiness. This workshop will explore what better than ‘good’ technology may look like and create a manifesto for the CHI community to support Transformative Technologies for children in our work.

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