Tech: What kids expect of parents

Put your phone away when I’m talking to you. Don’t text while you’re driving — not even at red lights. Stop posting photos of me without my permission.

Sarita Schoenebeck

Assistant Professor Sarita Schoenebeck of the University of Michigan School of Information.

These are some of the rules for Internet and smartphone use that kids would set for their parents, according to a new study by Assistant Professor Sarita Schoenebeck at the University of Michigan School of Information and researchers at the University of Washington.

The researchers surveyed 249 families with children between the ages of 10 and 17 about their household’s most important technology rules and expectations, as well as what made those rules easier or harder to follow.

The paper — which is among the first to explore children’s expectations for parents’ technology use — was presented in March at the Association for Computing Machinery’s conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. The surveys revealed kids’ feelings about fairness and “oversharing,” the most effective types of technology rules and families’ most common approaches.

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Join us for a reception at Facebook

All UMSI alumni are invited to a reception at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, CA, hosted by UMSI alumnus Omid Farivar (MSI ’13).

6:30-8 pm
Wednesday, May 11

Facebook Campus

1 Hacker Way
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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Space is limited. Registration deadline is April 19.
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Barbara Garavaglia, AMLS ’82, has been the director of the University of Michigan Law Library since 2011. Her Library Science degree from UMSI put the information she learned about legal research into context and taught her how to function in a library structure from an organizational and managerial perspective. She also credits the courses she took on legal research at UMSI as incredibly useful and relevant. Her advice to students and recent graduates would be to not only consider what a prospective or current employer will offer them, but to also focus on what value and skills they will bring to the place of work — and let that passion and commitment to being productive shine through.

Peter Andrews, MSI ’12, has been working as an interaction designer at Bloomberg LP in New York City since his graduation. The greatest value of his UMSI degree has been the practical work experience he received. Peter was a research assistant and worked with several Ann Arbor start-ups during his time at U-M and would recommend this type of involvement to other UMSI students and recent graduates because this entrepreneurial spirit still helps him in his position today.

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Breaking down Detroit’s information barriers

For many people, ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft offer a convenient and inexpensive alternative to taxis. But to UMSI researcher Tawanna Dillahunt, “sharing economy” services like Uber could offer something more — a way for urban Detroiters to move beyond their immediate circle of influence and be exposed to information sources outside the boundaries of their neighborhoods.

Tawanna Dillahunt studies the sharing economy, particularly in the Detroit area.

Tawanna Dillahunt studies the sharing economy, particularly in the Detroit area.

If they lack private transportation, and hampered by Detroit’s limited public transit, many residents have limited options when it comes to building their circle of acquaintances and expanding their knowledge to what’s available outside of their immediate circles. UMSI assistant professor Tawanna Dillahunt is currently studying the interactions between passengers and Uber drivers in Detroit, in which riders receive free passage in exchange for filling out a diary detailing their interactions with the drivers and conducting a brief interview.

“The perception is that you have to get out of Detroit in order to acquire resources and new knowledge,” Dillahunt says. “In this scenario, drivers come from all over, including the outskirts of the city, so they’re a potential source of new input and new ideas for the passengers. We see Uber drivers as knowledge and information carriers.” Continue reading