Children and the Internet of Things

The aim of this project is to conduct a pilot study examining the Internet of Things in the context of children’s play in the home and to consider potential educational applications. The study is being undertaken in spring and summer 2014.

This study focuses on visits to up to twelve homes in which there is a four- to eight-year-old child who uses IoT gaming devices such as Activision Skylanders and Disney Infinity. We are observing and analysing children’s play to develop our understanding of the reception, consumption and interplay of these toys within a family context. Workshops will also be carried out in a local primary school.

Research team: Dr. Pauline Duncan, Dr. Andrew Manches, Prof. Lydia Plowman, Dr. Shari Sabeti in collaboration with Prof. Chris Speed (ECA), Dr. Eric Laurier (Geosciences) and Prof. Stephanie O’Donohoe (Business).


Research areas
Children & Technology

College of Humanities & Social Sciences Challenge Investment Fund, 2014