Family Jar – A safe place for a connected family

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Family Jar –
A safe place for a connected family

FamilyJar is a safe cloud environment where each family member chooses when and what digital content they share – such as a favourite song, an interesting news article of a photo from an amazing meal out.

Powered by machine learning, FamilyJar encourages the sharing of relevant and engaging content amongst family members, resulting in a curated “Family Feed”.

Our aim is to support the agency of all users, encourage a healthy digital privacy and nurture positive inter-family relationships.

MA1 – Team 6

Beatrice Mandelstam
Emilia D’Orazio
Hyojin Bae
Yueh Ling (Irene) Liao
Yushun Zhai


WHAT? 

Tell us what the concept is about. What are you designing? What are the key benefits?

FamilyJar is a safe cloud environment where each family member chooses when and what digital content they share – such as a favourite song, an interesting news article of a photo from an amazing meal out. Powered by machine learning, FamilyJar encourages the sharing of relevant and engaging content amongst family members, resulting in a curated “Family Feed”. Our aim is to support the agency of all users, encourage a healthy digital privacy and nurture positive interfamily relationships.

WHY? 

Tell us some of the key findings of your background research and what is the problem you are trying to address.

Young people are more digitally connected than ever before but potentially at the expense of their inter-family relationships. For example, Sam, a 17 years old from London, experiences a high level of satisfaction from his digital life but he alienates and cuts out his parents. Tina, Sam’s mum, would like to be more involved in Sam’s life because she worries about him.

Grounded in extensive field research, involving interviews with current and future teenagers, their parents, other stakeholders such as educators and counsellors and most prominently expert interviews with psychotherapists, we focused our service on building and nurturing inter family relationships as a way to build overall mental health resilience.

WHO? 

Tell us something about your users and key stakeholders involved.

We carried out extensive field research, involving interviews with young people, 17-21 years old, future teenager 6-11 and parents of younger children starting from 1 years old. We also interviewed other stakeholders such as educators and counsellors and most prominently expert interviews with psychotherapists. This led us to focus our service on building and nurturing inter family relationships as a way to build overall mental health resilience.

WHEN? 

Give us an idea of the future scenario where your project will be working. 

Relevant now and into the future, the continued use throughout a families life allow for an evolving and ever changing service experience and platform. As each FamilyJar fills up, the relevance and intelligence of our suggestions and advice will improve, reflecting the sharing needs of the family members as they mature.As the families rely more and more on digital services for entertainment, information and capturing memories, we see FamilyJar as the essential companion in this changing landscape to support inter-family relationships.

WHERE? 

Tell us if you have thought of a specific location where to prototype.

Our initial prototyping was carried out in the UK and believe holding more workshop sessions and focus group discussions in London would provide useful and comparable insights. However, due to the international scope of our project which involved user interviews with people from Italy, China, India and Korea, we also believe our prototyping workshops could be successfully and usefully carried out in different locations.

HOW? 

Give us an idea of your strategy, your process, your prototyping plan and the next steps.

The content of our prototyping sessions would include reworked and adapted activities we have already carried out in initial prototyping workshops. These activities included collage question and answer sheets about family digital sharing, FamilyJar brand feedback and early stage digital prototyping tests. Our whole team is keen to evolve our service concept in collaboration with our intended users by testing and getting feedback throughout the design process.

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