Team: Dr Bran Knowles, Dr Joe Finney (Lancaster University)
Partners: Micro:bit Educational Foundation, NSPCC, Family Online Safety Institute
The project aims to:
- Understand the potential applications of BBC micro:bit as a programmable IoT platform for children in order to anticipate a range of scenarios which may present different challenges in terms of privacy and security.
- Identify current barriers to being able to responsibly deploy micro:bit as an IoT tool for children in order to develop a comprehensive understanding of the potential implications of use of this and similar tools for which design solutions are needed.
- Develop a list of recommended programming components for the micro:bit to make it acceptable for child users in order to responsibly deploy micro:bit and similar programmable IoT tools for children.
- Longer term, to inform the design of a future micro:bit demonstrator for testing and refinement in order to explore the opportunities created by involving children as active contributors to the IoT.