SOUPS 2022: Workshop on Kids' Online Privacy and Safety

Co-located with SOUPS 2022, Boston, MA, USA, August 7, 2022, 1:30 - 5:00pm ET (Online)  

News and Updates

  • July 26: Registration information is now available!
  • July 26: Please connect with the workshop group on Slack (registered attendees will receive a link invite). We will be active on Slack starting July 31, 2022. For any questions and information, please reach out to Tatiana Ringenberg (tringenb at purdue dot edu) or Jayati Dev (jdev at iu dot edu).


The first workshop on Kids' Online Privacy and Safety (KOPS) is soliciting extended abstracts in privacy and online safety where the focus is on children and teens. Submissions can include work-in-progress papers, draft proposals, exemplars of ethical research practices in data handling or experimental protocols, pilot demonstrations, or analyses of deployed systems. Accepted abstracts will be invited for a 10-minute talk at the workshop. Abstracts will be made available on SSRN for other participants to read and share. Accepted abstracts will also be made available to workshop attendees ahead of the workshop.

We are interested in talks from researchers, industry practitioners, lawyers, and safety advocates to discuss these issues, especially for children and young adults. Topics include:

  1. Factors associated with online child crime and misinformation campaigns
  2. Challenges in child and youth online safety and strategies and thought experiments for addressing these challenges
  3. Methodology and lessons learnt from designing studies in child online manipulation, including ethical considerations
  4. Risks of online manipulation, personal information disclosure of child and youth information

The urgency of research exploring the exposure of children and teens to on-line harms is matched only by the challenges of researching and mitigating these. There is little research to highlight the overlapping manipulation techniques between domains targeting under-18, and limited understanding of how research on adults applies to children. We encourage researchers to submit work on the overlap in manipulative processes online, impact and consequences of successful manipulation, risk and resilience factors which may combat manipulative processes, and intervention research aimed at promoting youth online safety. Papers on both the technical and human perspective are encouraged. This is a highly interactive workshop for engaging in discussion and in collaborative activities to explore critical challenges and proposed solutions in this area. In addition, the discussions and collaborations during the workshop can help authors to enhance the final version of their papers before these are developed into post-workshop proceedings.

Submission Guidelines

This workshop invites position papers, works in progress, and technical demonstrations. Reviewing of the submitted papers is double blind and submitted papers should avoid revealing the authors' identities in the text. The submissions should pose at least one and up to three challenge questions in the area of "Kids' Privacy and Online Safety".   Submissions may be at most 2 pages excluding references and appendices. Extended abstracts should be in two-column SOUPS format. Currently, the camera-ready versions of position papers are expected to be up to 4 pages (including references and appendices). Each submission will be discussed in a moderated breakout session. The breakout groups will then come together for a quick de-brief in a cumulative discussion group for 30 minutes. Attendees are encouraged to continue the discussion even after the conclusion of the workshop. Extended abstracts on the two-column format should be exported to Portable Document Format (.pdf) and submitted at the following link:


There is no fee for attending this workshop. Registration is done through the SOUPS portal available here. Once the main registration is complete, please fill out the workshop registration form available here. If you would like to invite someone, they are required to register separately as well. Registration closes August 4, 2022. Accessibility requests can be made through the form. Please note that by proposing a submission, the authors commit that at least one author will attend the event (virtually) and would be willing to serve as a group participant on another paper.


The following schedule is in Eastern Time (ET). Here is a timezone converter.

1:30 - 1:35 PM Opening Remarks
1:35 - 2:00 PM Keynote: Designing Curriculum and Games to Teach Children Core Privacy and Security Concepts
Jessica Vitak , Associate Professor, University of Maryland, College Park
As smartphones, tablets, and related technologies have become commonplace, children are becoming adept at navigating these devices long before they enter school. At the same time, most conversations about how data privacy and security are deferred until children are in middle and high school, if not older. In this talk, I’ll highlight key findings from two research projects working to help children and families develop digital literacy, with a focus on developing their understanding of privacy and security risks and how to protect their data online. More information on this and other research can be found at

Jessica Vitak is an associate professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland and Director of the HCIL. Her research evaluates the privacy and ethical implications of big data, the internet of things, and other “smart” technologies. She seeks to understand how privacy concerns play a role in technology adoption and use, and she develops tools and resources to help children and adults make more informed decisions when using technology and sharing sensitive data.
SESSION 1 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
2:00 - 2:15 PM Privacy and Security by Design In a Messaging Product for Kids
Liz Allen, Nikhil Bhatia, Chloe Caelynn, Spencer Caton, Ulziibayar Otgonbaatar and Sriram Seshadri
2:15 - 2:30 PM Improving Privacy and Safety for Vulnerable Youth in Digital Spaces
Diana Freed
2:30 - 2:45 PM Research Proposal: Involving Teens in Designing Systems' Privacy at Scale
Oshrat Ayalon
2:45 - 3:00 PM Children’s Privacy and Safety Online: A Parental Task?
Ann-Kristin Lieberknecht
SESSION 2 (3:25 PM - 5:00 PM)
3:25 - 3:40 PM CATTbot: Deep Learning AI Chatbot to Classify Grooming Stages
Sweta Kesur and Julia Rayz
3:40 - 3:55 PM Investigating Youths’ Learning of Online Safety and Privacy from Others: A Discussion of Study Design and Statistical Analysis Considerations
Kerrianne Buchanan, Yee-Yin Choong and Olivia Murphy
3:55 - 4:10 PM Challenges to Building Youth's Online Safety Knowledge from a Family Perspective: Results from a Youth/parent Dyad Study
Olivia Williams, Kerrianne Buchanan and Yee-Yin Choong
4:10 - 4:25 PM Indications of Child Sexual Abuse Revealed in App-Store Reviews
Brian Levine, Jagath Jai Kumar, Hany Farid, Eloghosa Ikponmwoba and Ed Dixon
4:25 - 4:40 PM Toward Understanding Children's Use and Understanding of User Authentication Systems: Work-in-Progress
Tempestt Neal, Lisa Anthony, Shaun Canavan, Jaime Ruiz, Saandeep Aathreya, Meghna Chaudhary, Yu-Peng Chen, Heting Wang, Rodrigo Calvo, Liza Jivnani and Nicolas Ng Wai
4:40 - 4:55 PM The Portrayal of Children in Smart Home Marketing
Kaiwen Sun, Jingjie Li, Yixin Zou, Chris Brooks and Florian Schaub
4:55 - 5:00 PM Closing Remarks

Organizing Committee

Tatiana Ringenberg

Tatiana is an Assistant Professor in the department of Computer Information Technology at Purdue University. Prior to becoming an Assistant Professor at Purdue, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University Bloomington as part of the Computing Innovation Fellows program. Her research interests center on the application of text-based analysis to societal challenges online. She completed her PhD in 2021 here in Purdue Polytechnic. Through her work at Purdue, Dr. Ringenberg focused on a variety of projects related to the child exploitation domain including typologies, assessing risk of solicitation in chat conversations, and identifying issues with the use of internet sting datasets.

Jayati Dev

Jayati Dev is a Privacy Engineer at Comcast Cybersecurity Research. She holds a PhD in Security Informatics, with a minor in Human-Computer Interaction design from Indiana University Bloomington. Her research experiences in privacy include a fellowship in Google Public Policy; cryptographic protocol implementation on Intel processors at Indian Statistical Institute funded by Microsoft Research, and as a co-lead researcher in a National Science Foundation multi-year investigation into privacy in IoT. Her current research focus is human-centered design for enhanced privacy and security in conversational applications and IoT devices, especially for culturally distinct populations.

Program Committee

(In alphabetical order by last name)

Oshrat Ayalon , Max Planck Institute for Software Systems
Karla Badillo-Urquiola , University of Central Florida
L. Jean Camp , Indiana University Bloomington
Danielle Crimmins , Purdue University
Lorraine Kisselburgh , Purdue University
Afsaneh Razi , University of Central Florida
Kami Vaniea , The University of Edinburgh
John Wallrabenstein , Analog Devices
Pamela Wisniewski , University of Central Florida