Ethics in CCI

in Special Issue   Posted on September 28, 2020 

Information for the Special Issue

Special Issue Call for Papers:

Digital media and interactive technologies play an increasingly significant role in the lives of many children and young adults. As creators and researchers in technology, this requires us to proceed with care and responsibility around the ethical implications of our research designs, methods and practices, and resulting technologies. While we cannot control nor predict research-uptake or technology commercialisation, we have a moral responsibility to be aware of and reflect on possible implications of the research we conduct, technologies we envision and the impacts we may facilitate in children’s lives. As a community we see the need for ongoing dialogue around ethics and child-computer interaction (CCI) in order to ensure that children and young adults have access to technologies that are safe, secure, and have positive impacts on their development, learning and other quality of life factors [1,2].

This special issue calls for contributions from researchers and practitioners in the extended field of CCI who critically reflect on the ethical and moral dimensions of their work. This may include fundamental questions and reflections on which research topics we should be pursuing, which technological futures we should be developing and/or how we face and mediate ethical issues and dilemmas when doing digital media and interactive research with and for children and young adults.

Two different kinds of contributions can be submitted to this special issue:

  1. Case Studies are shorter (up to 4000 words) articles that report on, discuss or reflect on ethical dimensions of CCI work
  2. Long Papers (up to 8000 words) may also include case studies, but engage more deeply with ethics theory in the context of CCI and aim to make distinct contributions to theory and practice in the field.

Please indicate the type of your contribution in the abstract submission as well as during the full paper submission (in the comment to the editor field).

For this special issue we invite contributions including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Reports of case studies that showcase and reflect on ethical dimensions of CCI work
  • Best practices for ethical involvement of child participants and other stakeholders in the design and research of technology
  • Responsible design, innovation, and development of technology with and for children
  • (Cross-)Cultural aspects of ethics in CCI research or practice
  • Development of theory around ethics in CCI research
  • Research studies or products that concern children’s moral development related to interactive technology
  • Issues of social justice that are addressed through CCI research or practice
  • Interpretation of ethics from other fields to the field of CCI

Submission Instructions

We invite initial submission of 300 word abstracts outlining the proposed article or brief, including the basic argument and scope of the article. Abstracts should be submitted to the guest editors via email ([email protected]).

Following abstract acceptance, full papers should be submitted for review via the Journal website ( Please select “VSI: Ethics in CCI” as the Article Type during the submission process and add the article type (Case Study or Long Paper) in the comment to the editor field.


  • September 30 2020: Abstract deadline (300 words)
  • October 16 2020: Authors receive abstract feedback and invitations to submit
  • December 21 2020: Full paper deadline
  • April 30 2021: Authors receive reviews and acceptance notifications
  • July 2021: Expected camera ready deadline
  • August 2021: Expected publication date

Guest Editors:

  • Alissa N. Antle
  • Christopher Frauenberger
  • Monica Landoni
  • Jerry Alan Fails
  1. Frauenberger, C., Landoni, M., Fails, J. A., Read, J. C., Antle, A. N., & Gourlet, P. (2019). Broadening the Discussion of Ethics in the Interaction Design and Children Community. Proceedings of the 18th ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, 3–7.


  2. Frauenberger, C., Antle, A. N., Landoni, M., Read, J. C., & Fails, J. A. (2018). Ethics in Interaction Design and Children: A Panel and Community Dialogue. Proceedings of the 17th ACM Conference on Interaction Design and Children, 748–752. 10.1145/3202185.3210802

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