SOUPS 2022: Kids' Online Privacy and Safety

Co-located with SOUPS 2022, Boston, MA, USA, August 7-9, 2022 (Online)  

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  • The workshop schedule is now available!


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 information will be made available soon. Please note that by proposing a submission, the authors commit that at least one author will attend the event and would be willing to serve as a breakout 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
SESSION 1 (1:30 PM - 3:00 PM)
1:35 - 2:00 PM Keynote Opening
2:00 - 2:15 PM Privacy and Security by Design In a Messaging Product for Kids
2:15 - 2:30 PM Improving Privacy and Safety for Vulnerable Youth in Digital Spaces
2:30 - 2:45 PM Research Proposal: Involving Teens in Designing Systems' Privacy at Scale
2:45 - 3:00 PM Children’s privacy and safety online: A Parental Task?
3:00 - 3:25 PM BREAK
SESSION 2 (3:30 PM - 5:00 PM)
3:25 - 3:40 PM CATTbot: Deep Learning AI Chatbot to Classify Grooming Stages
3:40 - 3:55 PM Investigating youths’ learning of online safety and privacy from others: A discus-sion of study design and statistical analysis considerations
3:55 - 4:10 PM Challenges to building youth's online safety knowledge from a family perspective: Results from a youth/parent dyad study
4:10 - 4:25 PM Indications of Child Sexual Abuse Revealed in App-Store Reviews
4:25 - 4:40 PM Toward Understanding Children's Use and Understanding of User Authentication Systems: Work-in-Progress
4:40 - 4:55 PM The Portrayal of Children in Smart Home Marketing
4:55 - 5:00 PM Closing Remarks

Organizing Committee

Tatiana Ringenberg

Tatiana is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Informatics at Indiana University Bloomington as part of the Computing Innovation Fellows program through the Computing Research Association and the National Science Foundation. Her research interests revolve around applying text-based analysis to societal challenges online. Tatiana completed her PhD in 2021 at Purdue Polytechnic. Through her work at Purdue, Tatiana 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. During her postdoc, Tatiana’s research interests have expanded towards understanding manipulative processes online and how researchers can help build resilience against, and awareness of, these processes. Tatiana’s primary research domains include resilience in cyber crime, data privacy, and perceptions of healthcare.

Jayati Dev

Jayati Dev is a doctoral candidate in Security Informatics, with a minor in Human-Computer Interaction design at Indiana University Bloomington. Her graduate 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 lead doctoral 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