Parental Trust in Automated Detection of Cyberpredators

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Online cyberpredators are a serious threat against children who are increasingly using social media and messaging systems to interact with strangers. At the same time, monitoring children's online activity is challenging for parents, due to the numerous platforms and ways a child can access them. Automated approaches could help detect dangerous conversations, but their adoption may prove difficult due to algorithm aversion - the tendency of humans to place less trust in recommendations by automated systems as compared to the judgment of other humans. Three online experiments investigate whether and under what conditions parents are willing to adopt automated systems for detection of cyberpredators, and when they are willing to trade potentially sensitive information about their children's online interaction, as well as individual control and agency. Factors tested for an effect on parental trust include accuracy of predictions by humans versus the algorithm, and storage and management of data in the cloud or local client. Implications for researchers and developers of automated systems of cybercrime detection are presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2023 46th ICT and Electronics Convention, MIPRO 2023 - Proceedings
EditorsDragan Cisic, Neven Vrcek, Marko Koricic, Vera Gradisnik, Karolj Skala, Zeljka Car, Marina Cicin-Sain, Snjezana Babic, Vlado Sruk, Dejan Skvorc, Alan Jovic, Stjepan Gros, Boris Vrdoljak, Edvard Tijan, Tihomir Katulic, Juraj Petrovic, Tihana Galinac Grbac, Lovro Bozicevic
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9789532331042
StatePublished - 2023
Event46th ICT and Electronics Convention, MIPRO 2023 - Opatija, Croatia
Duration: May 22 2023May 26 2023

Publication series

Name2023 46th ICT and Electronics Convention, MIPRO 2023 - Proceedings


Conference46th ICT and Electronics Convention, MIPRO 2023


  • algorithmic aversion
  • cyberpredators
  • experiments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Instrumentation


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