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18 Years of Ethics in Child-Computer Interaction Research: A Systematic Literature Review

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Recent years have seen growing interest in ‘ethics’ within the Child-Computer Interaction (CCI) community. In this paper, we take stock of 18 years of CCI research by conducting a systematic literature study exploring how and to what extent ethics has been dealt with in CCI research. Searching all papers in the Interaction Design and Children (IDC) conference proceedings and in the International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction (IJCCI), 157 papers were found that use the word stem ‘ethic*’. Based on our analysis of these papers, our study demonstrates that while ethics is frequently mentioned, the literature remains underdeveloped in a number of areas including definition and theoretical basis, the reporting of formal ethical approval procedures, and the extent to which design and participation ethics is dealt with. Based on our study we provide five avenues of future research in the interests of developing a more explicit discourse on ethics in CCI.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Interaction Design and Children Conference, IDC 2020
Number of pages23
Place of publicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year21 Jun 2020
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-7981-6
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2020
EventIDC '20: Interaction Design and Children Conference - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Jun 202024 Jun 2020


ConferenceIDC '20: Interaction Design and Children Conference
LandUnited Kingdom
SponsorACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI)

    Research areas

  • Research ethics, Design ethics, Ethics in Child-Computer Interaction, Systematic review, CCTD, child-computer interaction, children, ethics, systematic literature review, #CCTD

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