Parents' perspectives on children's use of computational kits
Thank you for participating this research. This study aims to understand parents’ perspectives on their children’s use of computational toys and apps, which includes a 5-8 minute survey and 50-minute Skype interview. At the end of the interview, we will offer you a $20 Amazon gift card.

If you would like to participate in this research, you will be presented a consent form for you to review and accept. Please let us know if you have any questions. Should you decide not to participate, just close this survey page.

After you agree to the consent forms, we will ask you fill out a survey to get demographic information and basic information regarding the types of technology you use. All these responses will be confidential and no names will be linked to the information you provide. This survey should take under 5 minutes to complete. If you have any questions, please let us know, contact Junnan Yu at

During the interview, we will be recording audio. We use these recordings to help us understand your experience. No one besides the research staff will have access to these recordings.

This research is led by the Creative Communities research group ( at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Thank you very much for your time!

Permission to take part in this study
Title of research study: Parents’ perspectives on their children’s use of computational kits

IRB Protocol Number: 18-0489

Investigator: Junnan Yu, Ricarose Roque

Purpose of the Study
The purpose of the study is to learn parents’ perspectives on their children’s use of computational kits, namely computational toys or apps, such as Bee-Bot and ScratchJr. The findings will provide insights for designers and researchers of computational kits on how to better support parents and children to play together using computing in future design.

We expect that you will be in this research study for around 60 minutes in total, including a 5-minute survey and 50-minute interview. We also expect to recruit 30 participants for this study.

Explanation of Procedures
There are two stages for this study. The first stage is a survey that will ask for your consent to this study, your demographic information, and how frequently your child uses computational toys and kits. In the survey, you will also need to pick a time for a 50-minute interview through video conferencing platforms such as Skype or Zoom. For stage two, we will interview you to learn about your perspectives on your child’s use of computational toys and kits. We will provide compensation after the interview. If you agree to this Consent and decide to participate in this study, you need to click “Accept” option at the end of this Consent and continue finishing the survey. Otherwise, you can close and leave the survey webpage. In the beginning of the interview, we will also ask if you have any concerns and questions about this Consent and study.

Voluntary Participation and Withdrawal
Whether or not you take part in this research is your choice. You can leave the research at any time and it will not be held against you.

Potential Benefits
We cannot promise any benefits to you or others from your taking part in this research. However, possible benefits include paying more attention to your child’s play activities with a computational kit. This work will provide insight into parents’ perspectives on their children’s use of computational kits and may inspire new designs of computational kits that support parents and children to play and learn computing together.

Information obtained about you for this study will be kept confidential to the extent allowed by law. Research information that identifies you may be shared with the University of Colorado Boulder Institutional Review Board (IRB) and others who are responsible for ensuring compliance with laws and regulations related to research, including people on behalf of the Office for Human Research Protections. The information from this research may be published for scientific purposes; however, your identity will not be given out.

There are some things that you might tell us that we CANNOT promise to keep confidential, as we are required to report information like:
• Child abuse or neglect
• A crime you or others plan to commit
• Harm that may come to you or others

Payment for Participation
If you agree to take part in this research study, we will pay you 20 dollars for your time and effort. Payments will be made with Amazon gift card by the end of the interview through email. You will be paid when you have completed both the survey and interview. If you leave the study early, you will not be compensated.

If you have questions, concerns, or complaints, or think the research has hurt you, talk to the research team at
This research has been reviewed and approved by an IRB. You may talk to them at (303) 735-3702 or if:
• Your questions, concerns, or complaints are not being answered by the research team.
• You cannot reach the research team.
• You want to talk to someone besides the research team.
• You have questions about your rights as a research subject.
• You want to get information or provide input about this research.

Do you accept this consent form? *
Today's date *
Part 1: Demographic information
Your name *
Your answer
Your email *
Your answer
Your gender *
Your age *
Your answer
Education background *
What's your current employment status *
Age of the child chosen for this survey *
First name of the child chosen for this survey *
Your answer
Gender of the child chosen for this survey *
Part 2: Computational kits and playing time
What computational kits does your child have experience with? *
How often does your child play with the kit within the first month when he/she got the kit? *
How often does your child play with the kit after the first month when he/she got the kit? *
Who does your child usually play the kit(s) with? *
Who usually initiates your child's play activities with the kit(s)? *
How much time does your child spend playing with the kit each time? *
How often do you join your child's play with the kit(s)? *
How much time do you usually spend playing with your child each time he/she plays the kit(s)? *
Part 3: Schedule an interview time
Please select a date in November and December that works for you to have an interview, including weekends *
Please select a time for a 50-minute interview (The following time zone is Mountain Standard Time, UTC/GMT -7 hours) *
Please leave your Skype ID for the interview. *
Your answer
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