Designing online/offline experiences with children in mind

Nishan Chelvachandran, Moira Patterson, Katina Michael, Jenna Castanier

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1 Scopus citations


Children need space to grow up, learn, evolve in a manner that allows them to develop through their stages of evolving capacities in a trustworthy environment. The exposure of children in cyberspace opens a wide spectrum of opportunities and risks. Educational apps, social networks, and connected toys open up possibilities to enhance inclusion, learning opportunities, and new experiences for children, but they also create serious risks relating to privacy, safety, security, and ultimately the mental and physical wellbeing of children. How can we design an online/offline environment that is made for children and keeps their best interests in mind?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Society and Technology
Subtitle of host publicationTechnological Stewardship and Responsible Innovation, ISTAS 2021
EditorsBrandiff Caron, Ketra A. Schmitt, Zach Pearl, Rozita Dara, Heather A. Love
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781665435802
StatePublished - 2021
Event2021 IEEE International Symposium on Society and Technology, ISTAS 2021 - Virtual, Waterloo, Canada
Duration: Oct 28 2021Oct 31 2021

Publication series

NameInternational Symposium on Technology and Society, Proceedings


Conference2021 IEEE International Symposium on Society and Technology, ISTAS 2021
CityVirtual, Waterloo


  • Childhood
  • inclusive design
  • intersectionality
  • user feedback

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Social Sciences


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