The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the UK has added two projects to its Sandbox service with the aim of improving children’s online privacy.

“Protecting children’s privacy online is a high priority for the ICO,” said director of regulatory assurance Ian Hulme. “Ultimately the regulatory Sandbox aims to support innovators to improve confidence amongst children, young people and their parents and carers that their personal information is being properly protected when they are online.”

One of the projects being added to the free Sandbox service is Yoti which will offer age- appropriate, child-centred content moderation, together with privacy information and accessible parental consent options at a global scale.

The other is Seers, a privacy and consent management platform (CMP) which helps companies become compliant with data privacy regulations worldwide. Seers is working with the Sandbox team to enhance its CMP for children and their parents or guardians, the ICO said.

The sandbox is a free service, aimed at supporting organisations using personal data to develop innovative products and services.

The ICO says one-in-five internet users in Britain is a child but they are using a world which was not designed with them in mind.