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Current Projects

Exploring Parent Technology Use

Using an online survey, this project gathered baseline information on how parents use the Internet. With the data from this survey, we have examined the variation of parent's use of information and communication technologies, explored digital differences by demographic variables, and identified patterns of parents' communication using technology. This information will be used for the design, testing and implementation of educational applications for parents and families.

Exploring How Teens and Young Adults Use Communication Technology

This study is focused on learning about how adolescents and emerging adults use communication technology (e-mail, texting, etc.) to communicate with their family, and the impact this technology use has on family relationships.

Professional Development of Family Education Professionals on Technology Integration

Research by Susan Walker and colleagues focuses on influences on the acceptance of technology into practice by family education and other non-formal education professionals. Adapting the technology acceptance model (TAM) used in other fields, this research explores elements of personal characteristics, social context features, and perceptions of technology on parenting and family educators attitudes about use in practice.

Resources for Professionals

As a growing area of professional practice, the integration of technology into parenting and family life education demands a range of new knowledge, skills and roles. Visit the Professional Resources section of the site for a wealth of online resources for professionals.

Enhancing the Social Production Communities of Parents

This new 3 year National Science Foundation funded project, in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Georgia Tech, expands social network research with online populations and builds on existing social computing applications that encourage collaborative problem solving and information sharing. The focus is on parents of young children as users of new online technologies, and how they integrate peer and expert members, consider information they regard as either 'local' or 'global', and variably employ their on and offline communities in the resolution of a range of parenting issues.