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Cyber Friendly Primary Schools Project – Parent Reference Group

Are your kids interested in social media, games and apps like Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok, Roblox or YouTube (just to name a few!)?

Would you like to provide input on children’s use of digital technology?

Researchers at Telethon Kids Institute are looking for 8 parents or carers with children in Years 4 - 6, of primary school, to form a new reference group.

If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply! We also have a Kid's Reference Group if you think your child might be interested in applying.

About the project/vacancy

With children using digital technology from younger ages, urgent action is required to promote positive online behaviours to young people.

Researchers at Telethon Kids Institute working on the Cyber Friendly Primary Schools Project aim to:

  • ·        Better understand schools’ and parents’ needs around children’s use of digital technology
  • ·        Promote positive technology use by children to reduce any potential risks to their safety, development, privacy and well-being
  • ·        Develop and test a range of online resources to help build parents’ confidence and skills to teach their children how to use digital technology safely and positively.  

 The online resources and teaching materials developed as part of the project will be trialled in 10 schools in Western Australia, with parents of children in Years 4 – 6 participating in the study.

The parent reference group is being established to guide the research team on the plans for the study and the development and use of the online resources.

About the position

Researchers from the Health Promotion and Education Research Team at the Telethon Kids Institute are seeking 8 parents or carers of children in years 4 - 6, of primary school, to join this new parent reference group.

What am I expected to do?

Members of the Parent Reference Group will provide feedback on:

  • How best to promote participation in the study
  • The best ways to communicate with and collect information from parents participating in the research
  • The content and relevance of the online resources and how these resources are delivered to parent
  • Ways to inform the wider community about the results of the research
  • Strategies to ensure the resources are available for ongoing use by the wider community

What skills or experience do I need?

You need to be a parent and/or carer of a child(ren) in primary school years 4 to 6 (9 - 12 years old). Some experience of managing digital technology use with your child will be useful.

Mums, dads and carers are encouraged to apply, as well as parents or carers from different cultural backgrounds and different regions of Western Australia.

How long am I expected to be involved?

The reference group will meet three times a year for three years. Each meeting will be no longer than 2 hours.

Where will meetings be held?

Meeting location to be confirmed; possible locations being at the Telethon Kids Institute, Perth Children's Hospital or at a community site (i.e. library or community hall) conveniently located for the majority of reference group members. Video conferencing will also be offered as an option for members.

What support is offered?

$30 honorarium per hour for meetings attended. Free training and support is offered by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network.

Applications close: 30 August 2019

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