• Including children in the design of the internet of toys

Yamada-Rice, Dylan, 2019, Book Section, Including children in the design of the internet of toys In: Mascheroni, Giovanna and Holloway, Donell, (eds.) The Internet of Toys: Practices, Affordances and the Political Economy of Children’s Smart Play. Studies in Childhood and Youth . Palgrave. ISBN 978-3-030-10897-7

Abstract or Description:

Like previous work in the field of co-design with children (Bruckman & Bandlow, 2003; Jones, McIver, Gibson, & Gregor, 2003; Williamson, 2003), this chapter seeks to ask: ‘How can the ideology and practice of participation improve design practices?’ (Lee, 2008, p. 34) and thus produce better products. In the case of the specific focus here, this is in relation to improving the quality of digital and connected toys by better matching design to children’s play patterns and interests. To make this point the chapter draws on three different collaborative research projects in which I have considered children in relation to the design of digital play. Through the sharing of specific insights from the findings of these three projects, I advocate that there are benefits in considering toy design and play in relation to one another (Nesset & Large, 2004). Further, this is better done by positioning the child as a knowledgeable and able partner in this process (Carsaro & Molinari, 2017; Roberts, 2017). In order to achieve this, the chapter is structured first to review past literature about designing digital play and second in the area of co-design and participatory research with children.

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design > W990 Creative Arts and Design not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: School of Communication
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10898-4
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2019 13:33
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2019 11:24
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3772
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