PROJECT TITLE: Characteristics of Antisocial Online Behaviour
RESEARCHERS: Dr Evita March, Lecturer of Psychology, Federation University
Dr Jessica Marrington, Lecturer of Psychology, University of Southern QLD
My name is Dr Evita March. My colleague, Dr Jessica Marrington, and I invite you to participate in an anonymous questionnaire designed to examine antisocial behaviours online. This questionnaire will take approximately 20 minutes of your time to complete. You are advised that participation is entirely voluntary, and you may withdraw your participation at any time without penalty.
The survey will firstly ask you to provide some demographic information. You will then be asked questions about online behaviours. Please note we are specifically looking for participants who have heard of ‘online trolling’. Finally, you will be shown some images and asked to indicate if you believe each image is representative of a particular behaviour.
Your participation in this project is voluntary and your answers are anonymous. Participants are free to refuse consent without having to justify the decision. Additionally, participants may withdraw their participation at any time without explanation. Please note however each time you click the ‘next’ button throughout the questionnaire, your answers are immediately submitted and become amalgamated with the data. Therefore, should you decide to withdraw your participation as you complete the questionnaire, there will be no way to retrieve your already submitted individual answers from the non-identifiable data.
There are no expected physical risks when participating in this study; however, some questions may be of a highly personal nature and may cause some emotional discomfort. In addition, you will be presented with some images that may also cause some personal and emotional discomfort. Please also note that some of these images contain strong and/or offensive language. Should you experience any emotional discomfort when completing this questionnaire, you may discontinue your participation at any time. Additionally, if you do experience significant emotional discomfort during the questionnaire, you are encouraged to contact Lifeline on PH: 13 11 14.