University of Maryland


Below is a list of publications and PDFs of articles related to this project.

  • Wagman, K.B., Blinder, E.B., Song, K., Vignon, A., Dworkin, S., Clegg, T., Vitak, J., & Chetty, M. (2023). “We picked community over privacy”: Privacy and security concerns emerging from remote learning sociotechnical infrastructure during COVID-19. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 7, CSCW2, Article 245. | pdf
  • Kumar, P. C., O’Connell, F., Li, L., Byrne, V., Chetty, M., Clegg, T., & Vitak, J. (2023). Understanding research on designing for children’s privacy and security: A document analysis. Proceedings of the 2023 ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC) Conference. New York: ACM. | pdf
  • Bansal, S., et al. (2022). Investigating Android Apps that Educate Children about Online Privacy and Security. Medium Post | pdf
  • Blinder, E., Vitak, J., Chetty, M., Clegg, T., & Song, K. (2021). Challenges and Opportunities Using Technology in the Classroom: Results From Focus Groups With Elementary School Teachers. White Paper. | pdf
  • Kumar, P.C., Subramaniam, M., Vitak, J., Clegg, T.L., & Chetty, M. (2020). Strengthening children’s privacy literacy through contextual integrity. Media and Communication, 8(4), 175-184. [open access]
  • Kumar, P., Vitak, J., Clegg, T., & Chetty, M. (2019). The platformization of the classroom: Teachers as surveillant consumers. Surveillance & Society, 17(1/2), 145-152. [open access]
  • Kumar, P., Chetty, M., Clegg, T., & Vitak, J. (2019). Privacy and security considerations for digital technology use in elementary schools. Proceedings of the 2016 Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) (Paper No. 307). New York: ACM. | pdf | Summary Blog Post
  • Kumar, P., Vitak, J., Chetty, M., Clegg, T.L., Yang, J., McNally, B., & Bonsignore (2018). Co-designing online privacy-related games and stories with children. Proceedings of 2018 ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC) Conference (pp. 67-79). New York: ACM. | pdf | Summary blog post
  • Kumar, P., Naik, S.M., Devkar, U.R., Chetty, M., Clegg, T.L., & Vitak, J. (2017). ‘No telling passcodes out because they’re private’: Understanding children’s mental models of online privacy and security. Proceedings of the ACM: HCI: CSCW, 1(1), Article 64. | pdf | Summary blog post | Princeton CITP post | Slate article | Terp article | CSCW blog post

Project Updates

March 2023: The team had two papers accepted -- a document analysis of privacy/security research with kids over the last decade (IDC) and an analysis of the challenges teachers and parents faced during emergency remote learning in the first year of the pandemic (CSCW). These papers will be added to the Publications page once they are finalized.

July 2022: Undergrad researcher Shriya Bansal published a short analysis of 5000 Android apps, finding that none are focused on educating children about privacy and security. Read more here.

Dec 2021: We published a white paper summarizing challenges teachers at our partner schools have when it comes to curriculum and training on privacy and security. Read it here.

Sept 2021: SPE4K welcomes two new PhD students to the project: Elana Blinder at UMD and Kelly Wagman at UChicago.

May 2021: Congrats to Priya Kumar, who graduated from UMD with her PhD! Priya is joining Penn State as an Assistant Professor this fall.

Nov 2020: Check out our latest publication on enhancing privacy literacy for children, published (open access) in Media & Communication.

Jan 2020: We were awarded a NSF SaTC EDU grant to continue our research.