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Mobile phones and Teenagers: Impact, Consequences and Concerns - Parents/Caregivers Perspectives

Shanthi Vaidyanathan Ravichandran

A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Computing Unitec Institute of Technology, 2009

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Declaration

Name of the student: Shanthi Vaidyanathan Ravichandran ID of Student: 1282405

This thesis is submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Unitec degree of Master of Computing.

Candidate’s Declaration: I confirm that: • • This thesis represents my own work; The contribution of supervisors and others to this work is consistent with the Unitec Regulations and Policies; • Research for this work has been conducted in accordance with the Unitec Research Committee Policy and Procedures, and has fulfilled any requirements set for this project by the Unitec Research Ethics Committee Research Ethics Approval Number 2008:

Candidate’s Signature.......................................................................Date...............................

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Acknowledgements
At a macro-level, this work is a product of mine but at a micro-level, it is an amalgamation of contributions from a number of people for variety of reasons. This thesis is a complete formula with vital contributions from several people at various stages in different forms. Love, Care, Support, Encouragement, Inspiration, Perceptions, Criticisms, Guidance and Knowledge are some of the elements that went into making this formula.

At the outset, I would like to thank all the parents/caregivers for their vital contribution and their precious time, without which this work would not have existed. My sincere thanks to my close friends who enabled initial leads to parents/caregivers of different ethnic groups. My hearty thanks to my principal supervisor, Professor Kay Fielden. Kay! During this journey, you have instilled in me a sense of reflexivity (to reflect upon the work), promptness (to do it at once) and scholastic aptitude (to focus on academic writing). My respects to you.

My sincere thanks to my associate supervisor, Dr. Savae Latu, for his review and feedback. Savae! You challenged me against my own abilities (with constructive criticisms) that helped me to shape my work. My regards to you.

Huge thanks to Dr. Deepa Marat for her patience and scrutiny of my work. Deepa! I should say that I am lucky to get your help, which is just invaluable for me. Your microscopic view and passion for research aided me to fine-tune my work. My salutations to you.

My heartfelt thanks to Dr. Donald Joyce for many a reason. Donald! You have some amazing qualities that qualify you to supervise students’ works. I am grateful to you and Unitec for providing me with ‘scholarship’ and awarding me with ‘academic excellence’, which in turn has had built a lot of confidence in me that I could exhibit in this work. My Namaste to you.

My special thanks to Lynn Spray for proof-reading the work. Lynn! Your suggestions meant a lot to my work and now this thesis reads better and makes more sense. My best wishes to you.

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This is a good time for me, to offer my sincere appreciation to all my lecturers. Each one of them has a particular strength that has influenced me and, in turn, enabled me to produce some good assignments in their individual course works. All that I have inherited from them has helped me in bringing out this piece of work. Becky Blackshaw! Hats off to your lovely personality. You radiate an energy at all times. Logan Muller! Thanks for enhancing community consciousness in me. Chris Manford! Your logical thinking sets off a whip and stirs my thoughts to gain clarity.

Thanks to Cynthia for being a good friend of mine, who I could laugh out all my stress to. Thanks to Gurdeep for his help with interview transcripts. Thanks to Shankar and Sheela for their incessant academic and personal support. Thanks to my mother-in-law and...
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