Postgraduate students use of social media

Participant information

Ethics protocol: 203340

You are invited to participate in an online survey.

This study and aims to investigate postgraduate students use of social media.

Your participation in this survey will involve responding to questions regarding your behaviour on social media and basic demographic information (e.g. gender, age, area of study). This survey will take approximately ten minutes to complete.

Participation is voluntary and we do not foresee any possible risks associated with participation beyond those encountered during everyday life.

You must be eighteen years or older to participate in this survey.
You have the right to discontinue the survey at any time.

Upon completion of the survey you have the opportunity to request a summary of the research findings to be emailed to you. The email addresses will be stored separately to your survey responses and therefore the responses that you provide will remain anonymous. However, the researcher cannot guarantee the confidentiality or anonymity of material transferred by the internet. The results of the survey may be published; however, all records containing personal information will remain anonymous and no information that could lead to the identification of any individual will be released, unless required by law. 

The data will be kept for a minimum period of 5 years as per requirements set out by the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and the University's policy of ownership and retention of data and the requirements of some academic journals. The deidentified data will be stored in a locked filing cabinet on campus and on a secure UniSA server. All data will be deleted from the SurveyMonkey platform after exporting.

While undertaking the questionnaires you are free to withdraw from the study. However, once you submit your survey we are unable to remove your response as it will be impossible to identify your individual data.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this survey you can email the researchers:

-        Dr. Brianna Le Busque: Brianna.lebusque@unisa.edu.au

-        Dr. John Mingoia: John.mingoia@unisa.edu.au

This project has been reviewed and approved by the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee (203340). If you have any ethical concerns about the project or questions about your rights as a participant please contact the Executive Officer of the UniSA Committee, Tel: +61 8 8302 3118; Email: humanethics@unisa.edu.au

By completing and submitting the survey, you are indicating that you have read and understood the Participants Information Sheet and give your consent to be involved in the research. Please select next to continue to the survey.
 
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