Many autistic children use online devices for social connection and to share interests. However, previous studies suggest they are more vulnerable to online contact and conduct risks (e.g. cyberbullying, unauthorised purchases). Nonetheless, others have indicated no significant differences in susceptibility to content risks (e.g. phishing). Therefore, autistic children could be considered “at risk” pertaining to certain online safety issues. My PhD project explores how autistic children experience online safety risks and what could help them to navigate these scenarios in the future.

Primary affiliationDepartment of Computer Science,
School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences,
Heriot-Watt University
Research profile
Twitter: @kh_macmillan
SupervisorsDr Tessa Berg, Heriot-Watt University
Dr Mike Just, Heriot-Watt University
FundingEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)