We are currently recruiting and collecting data for the CKLive project, which utilizes an Experience Sampling Method (ESM) framework. The purpose of this study is to learn about different types of difficulties or problems that youth might have when they’re socializing online, such as cyberbullying and online aggression. From past studies, we know that children and teenagers are the largest users of the Internet, and spend much of their online time socializing with friends. Although we are starting to understand some of the predictors and consequences of cyberbullying, very little is known about how adolescents experience these events in the moment as they are happening, which is the goal of the current study. By understanding the thoughts, feelings, and behaviours as they unfold, we will be in a better position to develop intervention and education programs. If you are between 12 and 15, and would like to participate, or know someone who might be interested, click here to find out more information.
Another current study we have running (not currently recruiting) is the CyberKids study, which is a 4-year longitudinal project that aims to understand the online social worlds of children and youth. We are currently in year 3. Kids spend a large amount of time online socializing with friends and acquaintances. Indeed, communication technologies allow teenagers to be in near constant connection with their peers. However, with this connectedness comes an increased risk of being exposed to cyberbullying, as well as privacy concerns related to disclosure of personal information online. This longitudinal research intends to explore how cyberbullying changes over time, as well as the impact of parent and peer relationships on these more adverse aspects of online socializing.
Ideally these research projects will help ensure that the Internet, which is now a ubiquitous aspect of daily life, is a safe space for all children and youth. The results will be useful for policy makers, educators, and parents alike. These research projects are funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR).