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Child-Proofing the Internet of Things


Children need to learn what they can and cannot do safely with the Internet of Things.

Computer scientists are exploring how children can stay safe and retain their privacy as they engage with the Internet of Things.

Credit: Micro:Bit Education Foundation

Researchers at Lancaster University in the U.K. are studying how children can maintain their safety and privacy as they use the Internet of Things (IoT).

The researchers previously developed the BBC Micro:Bit, a microcontroller with built-in sensors, Bluetooth connectivity, and pins that enable it to be connected to external devices.

The team is now working on the year-long Child Proofing the Internet of Things project to address privacy issues and learn how children might use IoT devices. The project aims to discover the privacy and security challenges arising from children using IoT devices, as well as what design and programming considerations are needed to provide greater protection, and what guidelines and advice are needed for children, their families, and teachers for programming IoT devices.

"By working closely with child protection experts, this research will help provide a much richer understanding of the potential implications that may arise with children and IoT," says Lancaster University's Bran Knowles.

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