Body cams used to research the effect of poverty on children in New Zealand

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The University of Otago, New Zealand, has just published its findings from a study researching the effects of poverty on children. Over the course of four days, 168 children wore a body cam that took a photo of seven seconds. It documented things like their home environment, the food in their fridge and the access they have to educational tools.

This is the first time a body camera has ever been used to monitor the effects of child poverty and the results show that children living in more deprived households had less healthy food in their fridge, a lack of personal space, they often lived in crowded houses and were more likely to be subjected to violence and addiction.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.