Mobile Kids Study: Topic List
(Based on Questionnaire for Parents of Kids Ages 3-18)
Childrens’ use of mobile technologies
- Family device ownership and usage by age (13 types tested)
- Frequency of use by type of device
- What devices are required by schools?
- Purchasing power of mobile devices; how used to purchase apps, digital content and online shopping
- Usage rules and restrictions imposed by parents and schools
- Family policies about downloads and in-app purchases
- Use of parental controls for purchases and service
Content and Applications
- What types of applications are being used and how frequently (over 35 tested)?
- What life skills are best suited to be learned on mobile devices?
- Specific topics best suited for mobile learning (over 15 tested)
- Specific social and educational networking sites used
- Who downloads content and apps?
- Educational value of apps used by children
Parents’ attitudes and expectations
- What types of devices are the most helpful for learning?
- How are portable computers (Netbooks, Notebooks and Ultrabooks) viewed by parents vs. portable device?
- Would parents rather buy a portable device or tablet for their child?
- Educational value of mobile devices
- Security of devices used at school
- How to find apps and content
- What schools should require
- Effects on learning
- Using mobile devices for personal safety
- Benefits of digital books
- Willingness to purchase
- Schools subsidizing costs of devices and internet services
- Parents’ educational aspirations for learning on mobile devices
- Communication with their child
- Use of mobile devices in classrooms
- Who owns these devices?
- Who pays for mobile devices used at school?
- Which devices are required by schools and for what grade of student?
- Types of Internet connection used by children
- Types of Internet provider used at home
- Ownership of mobile and other computing devices
We expect to be able to provide data based on the following family parameters
- Age of child
- Gender of child
- Family income
- Geographic region
- Parental education level
- Early adopter status
- Level of influence on others
- Child use (level) of specific mobile devices
- Grade levels
- Types of schools
- And more