You are being invited to take part in a study about online victimisation through social media. Before you decide to take part it is important that you understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with me if you wish. Please do not hesitate to ask if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the study about?
The purpose of this study is to investigate online victimisation through social media (e.g. how are people being targeted, through which social media platforms etc.), to identify what factors can affect this (e.g. time spent online) and what relationship may exist between the person being targeted online and the person who is targeting them (e.g. strangers you have not met offline etc.). However we also want to hear from people who may not have experienced anything negative on social media, to see if there are any similarities in their experiences. The views of all social media users are important for this research.
Why I have been approached?
You have been asked to participate because you use social media and are over the age of 13.
Do I have to take part?
It is your decision whether or not you take part. If you decide to take part you will be asked to complete a consent form, and you will be free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason. A decision to withdraw at any time, or a decision not to take part, will not affect your use of social media. This study is not associated with any social media accounts and there will be no consequence to you if you chose not to take part.
What will I need to do?
If you agree to take part in the research you will be asked to answer a series of questions. This will take approximately fifteen minutes although you can take as much time to answer the questions as you wish.
Will my identity be disclosed?
All information disclosed will be kept confidential, and you cannot be identified by your responses. Only those involved in the research project will see your answers and your name will be removed from your response ensuring that you cannot be identified.
What will happen to the information?
All information collected from you during this research will be kept secure and any identifying material, such as names will be removed in order to ensure anonymity. It is anticipated that the research may, at some point, be published in a journal or report. However, should this happen, your anonymity will be ensured, although it may be necessary to use your words in the presentation of the findings and your permission for this is included in the consent form. Whilst your responses may be used, it will not be possible to identify you from those responses.
Who can I contact for further information?
If you require any further information about the research, please contact the research team:
Researcher: Megan Kenny E-mail: email@example.com
Supervisor: Dr Maria Ioannou Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Supervisor: Dr Laura Hammond Email email@example.com