Co-Designing With Children

A Rights-Based Approach to Fighting Bullying

Project Partners/Funders

Facebook Content Policy Award, Phase 2

This project is done in partnership with ADAPT SFI

Fund Award Amount

$99,403

Project News

Project Overview

This project solicits children’s feedback to co-design enforcement mechanisms for cyberbullying interventions on social media platforms.

Project Goals

The aim of this study is to solicit children’s feedback on the design of a set of enforcement mechanisms for proactive moderation of cyberbullying on social media platforms. Proactive moderation of cyberbullying on social media platforms broadly refers to the use of various types of Natural Language Processing (NLP), Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence-based tools to identify cyberbullying and other types of abuse such as harassment before these are reported by users on social media platforms.

In addition to soliciting children’s feedback on the design of such tools via qualitative research (focus groups and in-depth interviews with 12-17 year-old children), and the implications that such policy enforcement has on their rights to protection, participation and privacy as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the project also provides an overview of the state of the art research in the field of AI detection of cyberbullying and first of its kind experiment in leveraging Neural Machine Translation techniques to automatically translate a unique pre-adolescent cyberbullying gold standard dataset in Italian with fine-grained annotations into English for training and testing a native pre-adolescent cyberbullying classifier. Moreover, this project takes the first step towards building neural language models for cross social media platform cyberbullying classification that is as social media platform agnostic as possible.

Research Areas

Natural language processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence, cyberbullying, children, children’s rights

Publications

Under review, qualitative research is still in progress

Long paper on Neural Machine Translation and Natural Language Processing Techniques for Cyberbullying Detection – submitted under review for Journal of Natural Language Engineering – Special Issue on NLP Approaches to Offensive Content Online

Short paper on Neural Benchmarking for Cyberbullying Detection under review for Journal of Natural Language Engineering – Special Issue on NLP Approaches to Offensive Content Online

Principal Investigator

Research Team

Dr Brian Davis