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Smart Parenting? The Internet of Things, Children's Privacy, and Data Justice

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posted on 2024-06-03, 18:26 authored by M Mann, M Wilson, Ian WarrenIan Warren
Abstract This paper examines children’s privacy and the Internet of Things (IoT). After describing the operation of IoTs directly marketed to and for children, we outline research concerning the surveillance of children and issues associated with children’s right to privacy, including the role of parents or guardians in protecting their children’s right to privacy. We then present the findings of a survey of Australian IoT consumers and non-consumers (n = 1,052), which shows parents and guardians who purchase IoTs care about their children’s privacy and are concerned about practices of corporate surveillance. Finally, our data show that female parents or guardians have lower rates of privacy literacy than males. Analysed through the lens of data justice (Dencik et al., 2016), we argue the protection of children’s privacy rights must be understood with regard to broader structural factors, such as gender discrimination and digital housekeeping, and ultimately requires addressing corporate practices that characterise the contemporary surveillance landscape.

History

Journal

International Journal of Children's Rights

Volume

30

Pagination

204-231

Location

Leiden, The Netherlands

ISSN

0927-5568

eISSN

1571-8182

Language

English

Grant ID

Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (Deakin Grant number P

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

1

Publisher

Brill Academic Publishers