An exploration on long-distance communication between left-behind children and their parents in China

Lu Pan, Feng Tian, Fei Lu, Xiaolong Zhang, Ying Liu, Wenxin Feng, Guozhong Dai, Hongan Wang

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Abstract

In China, hundreds of millions of migrant workers have moved to cities or coastal regions for more or better-paid jobs and have left their children behind at their rural homes. Separated by thousands of kilometers, these "left-behind" children and their migrant parents use mobile phones as their primary-and often only-method of maintaining family connections. To better understand the use of technology in this long-distance communication, we conducted a multi-phased study using interviews and surveys in three different Chinese rural areas. In this paper, we report our findings on how these children communicate with their migrant parents and what information they exchange. We also discuss design implications derived from these findings that may improve communication between left-behind children and their parents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCSCW 2013 - Proceedings of the 2013 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
Pages1147-1156
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 18 2013
Event2013 2nd ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2013 - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: Feb 23 2013Feb 27 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW

Other

Other2013 2nd ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2013
CountryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX
Period2/23/132/27/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Pan, L., Tian, F., Lu, F., Zhang, X., Liu, Y., Feng, W., Dai, G., & Wang, H. (2013). An exploration on long-distance communication between left-behind children and their parents in China. In CSCW 2013 - Proceedings of the 2013 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (pp. 1147-1156). (Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW). https://doi.org/10.1145/2441776.2441906