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Heidi Hartikainen, Netta Iivari, Marianne Kinnula, Children’s design recommendations for online safety education, International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, Volume 22, 2019, 00146, ISSN 2212-8689,

Children’s design recommendations for online safety education

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Author: Hartikainen, Heidi1; Iivari, Netta1; Kinnula, Marianne1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Interact Research Unit, 90100 Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2019
Publish Date: 2021-10-11


Ever younger children have their personal life online and there are worries of their online safety. To understand how children engage with and perceive online safety education targeted at them we arranged workshops with 11–12-year-old children who engaged with three existing educational packages for online safety targeted at children and brainstormed design recommendations for future education. We report the results of the workshops and further analyze the results using the lens of Schwartz’s theory of basic human values. Based on the analysis, we recommend that child–computer interaction designers and practitioners of online safety education acknowledge the following when developing educational packages on online safety for children’s use: considering both children’s and educators’ objectives and related values; integrating aspects of children’s own media culture; including more concrete advice; having a positive tone; and, engaging both children and teachers in the design and evaluation.

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Series: International journal of child-computer interaction
ISSN: 2212-8689
ISSN-E: 2212-8697
ISSN-L: 2212-8689
Volume: 22
Article number: 100146
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijcci.2019.100146
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Copyright information: © 2019. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license