14-15  June 2023

European Interdisciplinary Cybersecurity Conference

University of Stavanger, Kjølv Egelands Hus, Kristine Bonnevies vei 22, Stavanger, Norway
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Child online safety and harms – COSH 2023

The opportunities that online services and communication provide to children (i.e., under 18s) are endless – e.g., for socialisation, entertainment and education. However, the potential for harm affecting their safety, wellbeing, privacy and security are proportionally high.

This workshop invites studies from different disciplines and perspectives to better understand problems and trade-offs, propose new age-appropriate solutions, mitigate harms, evaluate existing approaches, and discuss practical or research challenges. We welcome novel contributions in the format of position papers, research papers, and empirical papers (e.g., case studies) involving stakeholders such as researchers, industry practitioners, policy makers, safeguarding professionals, and NGO advocates.

The list of possible topics includes, but is not limited to:

  • Characteristics of children’s usage of online services/platforms according to age range
  • Age-appropriate design and auditing
  • Assessment of risks and harms posed to children online
  • Trade-offs between different goals, e.g., privacy vs. safety, risks vs. rights
  • Age estimation, recognising child users, and discriminating children of different age range
  • Children’s data privacy and protection
  • Evaluation of existing mitigations and solutions to protect children online
  • Education of children about cyber security and online safety
  • Challenges of research involving children
  • Regulations and jurisdictional issues related to protection of children online

Submission Guidelines

COSH accepts both short papers (3-4 pages) and long papers (5-6 pages) in compliance with the ACM SigConf template. Please follow submission guidelines for EICC 2023.

Submit papers using EICC 2023 submission system. Please select the "Child online safety and harms - COSH 2023" track when submitting your paper.

Best paper award

COSH 2023 will offer a Best paper award of 100 GBP sponsored by the Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS), University of Kent, UK.

The award will be conferred to the author(s) of awarded papers who will be present at the conference. The decision criterion will consider both the paper quality and the oral presentation quality.

University of Kent, Institute of Cyber Security for Society

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline

7 Mar, 2023

Author notification

24 Mar, 2023


9 Apr, 2023


Papers will be published by ACM in the EICC 2023 proceedings.




Special session chairs

Virginia Franqueira, University of Kent (UK)

Tatiana Ringenberg, Purdue University (US)

Jayati Dev, Comcast Cyber Security Research (US)

Special Session Program committee

Oshrat Ayalon, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (US)
Bihani Geetanjali, Purdue University (US)
Tracee Green, Centre for Child Protection, University of Kent (UK)
Veronika Kalmus, University of Tartu (Estonia)
Juliane Kloess, University of Birmingham (UK)
Afsaneh Razi, University of Central Florida (US)
Karen Renaud, University of Strathclyde (UK)
Nina Sunde, The Norwegian Police University College (Norway)