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dc.contributor.authorRobards, Brady
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T14:40:31Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T14:40:31Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.date.modified2014-06-17T04:52:12Z
dc.identifier.issn11033088
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1103308813488815
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/60440
dc.description.abstractResearch into youth engagement with social network sites such as MySpace and Facebook highlights a complex set of ethical dimensions, which do not always translate easily from similar concerns in traditional offline research. On social network sites, it is clear that many young people are managing their online presences in strategic ways, often involving conventions around determining access to these spaces. If these sites are framed by their young users as at least 'partially private', how should the researcher seek access to these spaces and how should the researcher operate in these spaces if access is permitted? This article reflects on qualitative research undertaken by the author from 2007 to 2010, which involved 'friending' participants on MySpace and Facebook. Based on this reflection, and contextualized by an engagement with literature concerning both Internet research and youth research, this article argues that social network sites blur the public/private dichotomy. Thus, research engaging with participants on these sites requires ongoing ethical reflection around assumptions about public and private information, and researchers, institutional ethics committees and review boards must develop and make use of suitably informed expertise to both conduct and review future scholarship in this area.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherSage Publications India Pvt. Ltd.
dc.publisher.placeIndia
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom217
dc.relation.ispartofpageto235
dc.relation.ispartofissue3
dc.relation.ispartofjournalYoung
dc.relation.ispartofvolume21
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchSociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchSocial Work
dc.subject.fieldofresearchSociology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode160808
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1607
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1608
dc.titleFriending Participants: Managing the Researcher–Participant Relationship on Social Network Sites
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorRobards, Brady J.


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