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Title: Petimo: Safe social networking robot for children
Authors: Cheok, A.D. 
Fernando, O.N.N. 
Fernando, C.L.
Keywords: Digital neighborhoods
Social networking
Ubiquitous computing
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Cheok, A.D.,Fernando, O.N.N.,Fernando, C.L. (2009). Petimo: Safe social networking robot for children. Proceedings of IDC 2009 - The 8th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children : 274-275. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: As social networking widely spreads among the community, especially among the younger generation, the negative influence created on children has become a serious social concern. "Petimo" is an interactive robotic toy designed to protect children from potential risks in social networks and the virtual world and it helps them to make a safely connected social networking environment. It adds a new physical dimension to social computing through enabling a second authentication mode, providing extra safety in making friends by physically touching each others robot. Petimo can be connected to any social network and it provides safety and security for children. As a proof of concept, we have developed a 3D virtual world, "Petimo-World" which demonstrates all of the realizable basic features with traditional online social networks. Petimo-World stands out from all other virtual worlds with its interesting and sophisticated interactions such as the visualization of a friends' relationships through spatial distribution in the 3D space to clearly understand the closeness of the friendship, personalized avatars and sending of special gifts/emoticons. Copyright 2009 ACM.
Source Title: Proceedings of IDC 2009 - The 8th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children
ISBN: 9781605583952
DOI: 10.1145/1551788.1551853
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