Principles for Trust, Transparency, and Control for Designing for Young People

Each prototype inside this guide was co-created by a real multidisciplinary team at Design Jams around the world. Later, the TTC Labs team synthesized those designs into more robust case studies, further analyzing the patterns that kept emerging.

TTC Labs ultimately generated the three principles, outlined below, which are the subject of the three sections of the guide. The design considerations for each principle (see Appendix) are also the result of analysis from the TTC Labs team.

The intention is to structure further dialogue in this space and ask critical questions based on learnings to date–rather than create a comprehensive framework for how to do things "correctly," for example.

Age Appropriate Design, Safety by Design, TTC Labs and Facebook, Australia from Craig Walker on Vimeo.

Design for different levels of maturity and evolving identity

Accommodate different age ranges and levels of maturity within the same age group. Design for young people to evolve and explore their own distinctive identities.

Empower with meaningful transparency, control & autonomy

Give young people transparency & control over their own data and its impact on their lives. Design for complex family relationships and increasing autonomy.

Provide data education over time

Speak to the distinct needs of young people to illustrate the fundamentals of online safety and privacy. Design continuous, proactive teaching moments to demonstrate how data works.


Our explorations on this topic are just a beginning. These challenges require more work, and more insight from the wider community.
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