Studying Adolescents Online: A Consideration of Ethical Issues

Studying Adolescents Online: A Consideration of Ethical Issues

Susannah R. Stern (Boston College, USA)
Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-152-0.ch015
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Abstract

Despite the enormous potential of the Internet as a research tool and environment, implementing youth research in online environments raises significant ethical issues. This chapter addresses two quandaries that surfaced in the author’s own research on adolescent home page authors. First, the necessity and feasibility of obtaining parental consent in online youth research is considered. Second, the chapter discusses the ethical responsibilities of Internet researchers who encounter distressing disclosure authored by youth online. The chapter aims to illustrate the contexts in which such ethical issues may arise and to provide suggestions for Internet researchers who focus on adolescent populations.

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Acknowledgments
Elizabeth Buchanan
Chapter 1
Blaine F. Peden, Douglas P. Flashinski
This chapter presents a content analysis of Internet surveys and experiments. Our study explores guidelines for the conduct of online research by... Sample PDF
Virtual Research Ethics: A Content Analysis of Surveys and Experiments Online
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Chapter 2
Charles Ess, Steven Jones
The AoIR ethics statement, developed by ethicists and researchers from 11 countries, articulates guiding questions for online research appropriate... Sample PDF
Ethical Decision-Making and Internet Research: Recommendations from the AoIR Ethics Working Committee
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Chapter 3
Malin Sveningsson
Doing research and collecting data online is not the same as offline. This chapter discusses the wide range of possible ethical conflicts we are... Sample PDF
Ethics in Internet Ethnography
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Chapter 4
M. Maczewski, M.-A. Storey, M. Hoskins
Research practices in Internet-mediated environments are influenced by the dynamic interplay of online, onground and technical research spheres.... Sample PDF
Conducting Congruent, Ethical Qualitative Research on Internet-Mediated Research Environments
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Chapter 5
Danielle Lawson
As use of the Internet has grown, so to has the amount of research concerning various aspects of computer-mediated communication (CMC). In recent... Sample PDF
Blurring the Boundaries: Ethical Considerations for Online Research Using Synchronous CMC Forums
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Chapter 6
Nadia Olivero, Peter Lunt
This chapter explores the methodological implications of using e-mail for qualitative interviews. It draws on computer-mediated communication (CMC)... Sample PDF
When the Ethic is Functional to the Method: The Case of E-Mail Qualitative Interviews
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Chapter 7
Sandeep Krishnamurthy
E-mail is a low-cost and highly effective form of individual contact for primary research. However, researchers who contact strangers for their... Sample PDF
The Ethics of Conducting E-Mail Surveys
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Chapter 8
W. Benjamin Porr, Robert E. Ployhart
This chapter presents a framework through which ethical Internet-based organizational research can be conducted. Organizational constraints that... Sample PDF
Organizational Research Over the Internet: Ethical Challenges and Opportunities
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Chapter 9
Lynne Roberts, Leigh Smith, Clare Pollock
Online research introduces new ethical issues inherent to the medium. In this chapter we provide a case study of online research in action, focusing... Sample PDF
Conducting Ethical Research Online: Respect for Individuals, Identities and the Ownership of Words
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Chapter 10
Mary K. Walstrom
This chapter asserts an engaged research approach that aims to meet the ethical challenges of public, online support group studies. First, the... Sample PDF
Ethics and Engagement in Communication Scholarship: Analyzing Public Online Support Groups as Researcher/Participant-Experiencer
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Chapter 11
Monica Whitty
To date, there is a scarcity of literature available on the ethical concerns that accompany research into online relationships and sexuality. This... Sample PDF
Peering into Online Bedroom Windows: Considering the Ethical Implications of Investigating Internet Relationships and Sexuality
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Chapter 12
Maximilian Forte
Ethnographic research ethics involved in bridging offline and online modes of action research are the focal point of this chapter, written from an... Sample PDF
Co-Construction and Field Creation: Website Development as both an Instrument and Relationship in Action Research
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Chapter 13
David Clark
In this chapter, the author argues for a strict interpretation of research ethics when conducting online research, and in the process, discusses... Sample PDF
What If You Meet Face to Face? A Case Study in Virtual/Material Research Ethics
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Chapter 14
Michael D. Ayers
This chapter examines conditions that participants of online qualitative research might give false answers to a researcher. As research was... Sample PDF
Fact or Fiction: Notes of a Man Interviewing Women Online
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Chapter 15
Susannah R. Stern
Despite the enormous potential of the Internet as a research tool and environment, implementing youth research in online environments raises... Sample PDF
Studying Adolescents Online: A Consideration of Ethical Issues
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Chapter 16
Magdalena Bober
By presenting findings from research into British online youth culture conducted by the author, the chapter critically evaluates how to study... Sample PDF
Virtual Youth Research: An Exploration of Methodologies and Ethical Dilemmas from a British Perspective
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Chapter 17
Kirk St. Amant
The constant diffusion of online communication technology increasingly allows individuals from different cultural backgrounds to communicate with... Sample PDF
International Digital Studies: A Research Approaches for Examining International Online Interactions
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Chapter 18
Maria Bakardjieva, Andrew Feenber, Janis Goldie
The current model of research ethics assumes an investigator, who holds expert status and superior knowledge, and a subject in a passive role. This... Sample PDF
User-Centered Internet Research: The Ethical Challenge
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