Adolescent Behaviours Online
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Adolescent Behaviours Online

Project Details 
Title of Project: Adolescent behaviours online
Human Research Ethics Approval Number: H17REA260

Research Team Contact Details
Principal Investigator Details
Dr Jessica Marrington
Telephone:  (07)  3812 6150

Other Investigator Details
Dr Tanya Machin
Telephone:  (07)  4631 5576

Dr Evita March
Telephone: (03) 5122 8044

Dr Carla Jeffries
Telephone: (07) 4631 1572

Professor Sonja March
Telephone: (07) 3470 4434

The purpose of this research is to better understand the online behaviours of trolling and cyberbullying in Australian adolescents. We are hoping to gather information that will help us to gain greater knowledge about people who participate in these behaviours as well as those people who have been victims of these behaviours. By conducting this research we are hoping to have a better understanding as to some of the factors (e.g., personality) that may contribute to these behaviours online and also learn more about the frequency of these behaviours. The research team requests your assistance because you are aged between 13 and 18 years old and use social media.

Your participation will involve filling in a series of questionnaires that could take up to 30 minutes for you to complete. You will be asked questions related to your internet use (such as social media use), behaviours online (such as whether you have cyberbullied anyone or been cyberbullied), personality (such as whether you enjoy treating other people fairly), and mental health (such as how often you get nervous). Your participation in this project is entirely up to you. If you do not wish to take part you do not have to. If you decide to take part and later change your mind, you are free to pull out from the research at any time by closing your browser window.  Please do note, that if you change your mind about participating in the research after you have submitted your responses, the Research Team are unable to remove your answers from the data.  Your decision whether you take part, do not take part, or to take part and then withdraw, will in no way impact your current or future relationship with the University of Southern Queensland. 

Expected Benefits
It is expected that this project will not directly benefit you. However, it will help us to understand the online behaviours of cyberbullying and trolling. It may also help us in designing programs that could help both those individuals who engage in these behaviours online and their victims. 
We are offering a small incentive for participation in this project. On completion of the questionnaire, you will go into the draw to win one of ten $50 Ultimate Student gift cards.

Sometimes thinking about the sorts of issues raised in the questionnaire can create some uncomfortable or distressing feelings.  If you need to talk to someone about this immediately please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.  You may also wish to see your General Practitioner (GP) or go to your local hospital for additional support.

Privacy and Confidentiality

  • All comments and responses will be treated confidentially unless required by law.
  • The names of individual persons are not required in any of the responses.
  • Any data collected as a part of this project will be stored securely as per University of Southern Queensland’s Research Data Management policy. 
  • There is a potential that this data may be utilised by the research team and/or other researchers in future projects. However, all material and data remain the property of the researching institution in accordance with Section 2.3 of Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007).

Consent to Participate
Clicking on the ‘Next’ button at the beginning of the questionnaire is accepted as an indication of your consent to participate in this project. You may withdraw your consent by not submitting the survey and closing your internet browser window before submitting the completed survey. 

Questions or Further Information about the Project
Please refer to the Research Team Contact Details at the top of the form to have any questions answered or to request further information about this project or would like to receive a copy of the results once the research is finished. 

Concerns or Complaints Regarding the Conduct of the Project
If you have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the project you may contact the University of Southern Queensland Ethics Coordinator on (07) 4631 2690 or email  The Ethics Coordinator is not connected with the research project and can facilitate a resolution to your concern in an unbiased manner. 

Thank you for taking the time to help with this research project. Please keep this sheet for your information.