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Keeping Children Safe in 'Internet of Things' Age


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Researchers at Lancaster University in the U.K. have developed guidelines to help designers build safeguards into connected devices that will be used by children.

Internet of Things devices can pose risks to children, such as peer-to-peer abuse or bullying, dangers of abuse by adults, and risks related to use, exploitation, commercialization, or insecure management of any data the children generate by using the devices. The Lancaster guidelines provide a framework to help designers consider these risks, while still enabling with enough functionality to provide a fun learning experience.

"It is essential that the designers of IoT devices anticipate the full spectrum of contexts in which children may use these devices, and adopt strategies that will ensure they have properly considered, and mitigated, the potential safety and privacy risks to children and their families," says Lancaster's Bran Knowles.

From Lancaster University
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