May 9, 2007

RESEARCH: 10,000 Kiwi teens to be quizzed on internet tablets (NEW ZEALAND)

10,000 Kiwi teens to be quizzed on internet tablets

By COLIN MARSHALL - NZPA | Monday, 30 April 2007
Researchers investigating the health of New Zealand teenagers are turning rather appropriately to cutting edge "internet tablet" technology for surveying secondary students in what they believe is a world-first.

The Youth '07 project, by the adolescent health research group at the University of Auckland, is to collect data from over 10,000 students on all facets of their health and wellbeing.

Researcher Simon Denny said comparable research in 2000 had found New Zealand teenagers doing "pretty well" but the new survey would cover some new areas of concern – cellphone use, gambling, obesity and P (methamphetamine).

Using the tablets – with a touch-sensitive colour screen and measuring only about 14cm by 8cm – was believed to be a world-first, and followed nicely on from the laptops used in 2000, which were then leading-edge.

Dr Denny said using the new technology was particularly appropriate for teenagers and would help accuracy and in keeping the data confidential.

"Young people do like using these technologies."


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