Keeping Children Safe Online: Understanding the Concerns of Carers of Children with Autism

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Abstract

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have difficulty making sense of the world, and have an impaired ability to socially interact. This impacts their ability to understand inappropriate behaviour or recognize dangers online. Because of this, parent carers of children with ASD struggle to protect their children online. In this paper, we report on the results of two workshops with 16 parent carers of children with ASD in which we used rich pictures and group discussions to identify carers’ concerns and protection methods. Our results indicate that carers have significant challenges with protecting their children, who they describe as "devious" and "obsessive" (but also "clever" and "naive"). In addition, carers often rely on physical controls and rules, which meet with limited success. From our results, we highlight the importance of educational approaches, and recommend the development of educational nudging tools to assist children, and to keep them safe online.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2017
Subtitle of host publication16th IFIP TC 13 International Conference Mumbai, India, September 25–29, 2017 Proceedings, Part III
PublisherSpringer
Pages34-53
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783319676876
ISBN (Print)9783319676869
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sep 2017
Event16th IFIP TC13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2017 - Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India
Duration: 25 Sep 201729 Sep 2017
https://www.interact2017.org/

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer
Volume10515
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference16th IFIP TC13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2017
Abbreviated titleINTERACT 2017
CountryIndia
CityMumbai
Period25/09/1729/09/17
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    Just, M., & Berg, T. (2017). Keeping Children Safe Online: Understanding the Concerns of Carers of Children with Autism. In Human-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2017: 16th IFIP TC 13 International Conference Mumbai, India, September 25–29, 2017 Proceedings, Part III (pp. 34-53). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 10515). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-67687-6_3