I am currently pursuing an applied PhD at the University of Salford (Manchester) in Media Psychology and I am recruiting participants for the upcoming project which will involve inter-generational cohorts in the design of new technologies.

  • Are you aged 60 years or older?
  • Do you live in Salford or Manchester area?
  • Do you know any children aged 3 to 5 years old? (For example your grandchildren, nephews or family friends etc.)
  • Do you often spend time with him/her/them? Please, consider that one of the necessary criteria to take part in this research is that you and the child have an intimate and close relationship. You should be spending time together at least every two weeks.

If so I would like to invite you to take part in a research project that aims to understand how to engage children and older adults in the generation of ideas for the creation of new technology. If you agree to take part, you will participate in a set of 6 to 8 sessions. The purpose is to get to know your preferences and your habits in terms of media and technology usage, and involve both you and the children in the creative process of a basic “prototype”, through playful and fun activities. You and the child will participate in the sessions together; the researcher/s might be with you, according to the activities planned in the session.

First, you will be observed playing with the children and you will be asked some questions about what you and the child usually do when spending time together. Moreover, some questions about device usage will be also asked. In the following sessions, we will play together and we may ask for your creative input in helping us to create new ideas for games or activities you would like to do together. To help you do this, we will provide you with drawing materials, games, tools and a fun and enjoyable environment, suitable for both of you. We may also ask you to watch some cartoons or videos or to use devices such as tablets or mobile phones to play with.

Dates and time of the sessions will vary according to your availability. The location of the sessions will be also agreed with you, according to your preferences and availability. The sessions may take place in laboratories at the University of Salford (MediaCityUK Campus or Frederick Campus) or if you prefer at your own house.

The sessions will be video and audio recorded using a voice recorder and video cameras. Each session will last approximately 1 hour.
Taking part in the research is entirely voluntary. If you do decide to take part you and the children’s main carer will be asked to complete a consent form to show you agree to take part but you are free to withdraw at anytime.

If you would be interested in participating or would like to find out more, please do contact me: V.pialorsi@salford.edu.ac.uk
I hope to hear from you.

Veronica Pialorsi