Parent Use of Touchscreen Computer Kiosks for Child Health Promotion in Community Settings

Researchers evaluated touchscreen computer kiosk use within urban, low-income communities. The kiosks provided child health-promoting information via 14 modules. Modules addressed prevention and safety, areas such as tuberculosis and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and asthma symptom assessment. In subsets of modules questions were asked to assess at-risk status for children. Participants could also complete an exit survey.

Key Findings:

  • Adults engaged in 1,846 sessions at kiosks within their communities.
  • Approximately half (47%) of kiosk sessions took place at McDonald's restaurants.
  • Slightly over one-third (35%) of sessions occurred at public libraries.
  • The modules visited most often addressed television/media (16%) and smoke exposure (14%).
  • The number of first-time user sessions for at least one module where at-risk status could be assessed was 712. Just over half (52%; N = 373) of these sessions identified at-risk youth.
  • Many of the respondents (57%) described the kiosks as easy to use. Two-thirds of the users reported that they encountered some new information at the kiosks.
  • Slightly over half of the users (55%) said they would attempt to put into practice some of what they learned at the kiosk.
  • Approximately half of the respondents (49%) asserted their intention to discuss the new information they garnered from the kiosks with their child's physician.