The Ethical Participation of Children in HCI Research

8th July 2020

As part of the ACM SigChi Member group series, Prof Janet Read presented a seminar for the UXIndo team on ‘How to be Good’.  This included instruction in ethical practices in HCI work including ethical practice in publishing.

From this work we have this HCI / UX value equation:

HCI Value Equation

28th August 2017

We are delighted to report that our Professor, Janet Read, has been invited onto the ACM SigChi Ethics committee.  We consider this to be a recognition of here recent efforts to explore the ethical participation of children in HCI research.  She will be a panellist at a special ethics debate at CSCW in 2020, having previously been on ethics panels at IDC.

18th August 2017

We have recently been thinking a lot about participation and especially about whether or not children should be participating in design sessions.  The obvious answer is yes!  Of course! It is good for them to do that – but is it?  Ole Iversen and Chris Frauenberger have both been busy examining this topic and have looked at the value of children contributing.  Our own work is more empirical as we seek to measure and quantify children’s contributions.  Check out our two recent papers at:


and read about how we have developed two methods – one called IDEAS and one called RAId which allow us to look at the contributions that children make and the value of those contributions to the design team.

4th August 2013

A new paper on Ethics in HCI was presented at the CHI conference in Paris that incorporated two checklists that have been developed by our group.  These checklists used BEFORE planning and BEFORE executing any research activity with children – will help frame the way the research is presented and designed. 

CHECk Paper Image

23rd August 2009

Children Evaluation Book

We are delighted to announce that the new book, evaluating children’s interactive products has a chapter on the ethics of children’s participation in HCI research.  We consider this section in an HCI book to be a critical step forward in opening up debate o how children participate.  Sections include Safety, Consent, the use of Inducements, Selection and Privacy.  Many of the ethical issues around the inclusion of children can be summarised in our ABCD framework:

ACCESS for all – limit selection as much as possible and let all children participate within the realms of their ability

BEHAVIOUR of adults needs to respect all children ad be exemplary

CONSENT of children may include adults consenting for them but to the best f our ability we should inform the children of as much as we can in order that they can understand what they are doing

DISSEMINATION – we should make every effort to report back to child participants what we have found out