Survey – National Antibullying Research and Resource Centre

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir senior students 4th, 5th and 6th years are invited to take part in a survey about online behaviours that our adolescents are engaging in.

Message from Dr Mairéad Foody – Researcher

What is this survey about? 

We are concerned with the how and why our young people send text messages, pictures or videos to others through the internet or mobile phones (sometimes of a sexually explicit nature). To date, there has been little research conducted on teenagers’ attitudes and feelings towards online safety and privacy. As such, we plan to investigate the factors (e.g., friendships) that might result in the non-consensual sharing of images between friends and strangers. Our hope is that research will inform educational initiatives around the topic so that your young people can learn how to keep themselves safe online.

Why is this survey important?

Keeping children safe online is an increasing concern for parents. Negative cyber experiences in the adolescent years can have a significant effect on young people and can even impact their mental and emotional health as they grow older. Therefore, this research is imperative so that we can work with parents and schools to develop appropriate policies and interventions to ensure our children are safe online.

Who are the people doing the research?

Dr Mairéad Foody who a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre (ABC) at Dublin City University (DCU). ABC is funded by the Department of Education and Skills. The researchers have been Garda vetted and has ethical approval from DCU for this research.

What do you have to do?

The researcher will organise how to administer the survey. If you would not like your child to participate then please sign the attached sheet and return it to the school.
Will my child be mentioned?

This research project is completely confidential. There will be no way of identifying your child’s school from the hundreds of other participating schools.

There will be no way of identifying your child’s answers. All information will be anonymous. The data we collect will be destroyed as soon as it is analysed.

No effort will be made to compare your child to any other. The results will only give us a general idea of this issue in schools in Ireland. It will not provide us with specific details about your child.

Can I decide not to participate?

Yes! Participating is completely voluntary. However, the more students who take part in this research, the better. We hope that by conducting this research, we can encourage governmental organisations to allow for more training and awareness about digital safety in schools.

Participation is voluntary for your child. If your child does not want to complete the survey, that is their right to do so. If you do not want your child to take part in this survey, please complete the attached form and return it to the school.

An Investigation of Sexting experiences in post-primary schools in Ireland

If you do not want your child to take part in this survey, please complete this form and return it to the school the following day.

Your name: ___________________________________________

Your child’s name: ______________________________________
Your signature: ________________________________________